Praise for Whanganui draft heritage strategy

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has come out in strong support of the Whanganui District Council Draft Heritage Strategy to encourage the sustainable management of heritage assets. 

Guyton St building has received funding from the Whanganui Heritage Grant Fund. Credit: Bevan Conleyexpand/collapse
Dean Raymond, Central Region Heritage Planner, Heritage New Zealand, has praised the Council for its commitment to protect local heritage through the draft strategy put together by the council’s heritage adviser, Scott Flutey. He also asked the Council if its incentive fund for heritage buildings could also be made available for wider heritage projects beyond the town centre buildings, and also for archaeology and for Māori heritage. 

“Heritage New Zealand considers that the Draft Heritage Strategy is an excellent foundation blueprint for the further protection and enhancement of Whanganui, one of the premier heritage districts of New Zealand,” says Dean. 

Bruce Dickson, a respected Whanganui architect and member of the Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust told the Council that city building owners could join together as part of an earthquake prone buildings association. He sought further leadership from Council to assist building owners to work together on heritage preservation. He congratulated Scott Flutey and councillor Helen Craig for their support to make heritage preservation a core part of council business. 

Whanganui’s Regional Museum Trust chairman, Marshall Tangaroa, has made a strong plea to the council for a bicultural partnership on heritage. Although the draft heritage strategy mentioned the importance of Māori heritage, he highlighted the absence of a bicultural partnership. “A heritage strategy needs to be collaborative and inclusive,” said Marshall.

- David Watt