Whanganui draft heritage strategy seeks community voice

Whanganui District Council is seeking submissions on the future of their heritage buildings and places.  

Whanganui CBD

The ten-year draft heritage strategy will set the Council’s plans for the district’s heritage architecture, including support for preservation and earthquake strengthening.

Submissions close with the Council on 12 September, with hearings taking place on 13 October.

Council’s heritage advisor, Scott Flutey, says consultation has been a key part of putting together the draft strategy, with a community voice key in developing the document. Flutey says the document is an important step for Whanganui and the first time there will be a broad strategy for the sector.

"It’s vital we create the strategy together to set a vision for Whanganui and a district that values, protects and promotes its historic heritage and to map the action we are going to take to achieve Whanganui’s heritage goals over the next decade".

He said he envisaged augmented reality technology would be used to engage with people with local stories, with an app to use to tour local sites.

Submissions can be made by visiting the Council website, or via hard copy at the Council building on Guyton St, or the Davis and Gonville libraries.

- David Watt