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No. 61January—February 2013
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Next meeting:Saturday 2 February 2013, 2.30 pmSt Ninians ChurchSt Georges Road,opposite Hollywood Cinema
Auckland Council Unitary Plan
Bruce Harvey, author of a number of bookson West Auckland, will talk to us on the wreck of theHMS
(1863) at the Manukau Heads. Nextyear marks the 150th anniversary of the disaster.
WLB Heritage Group meetings
Information Stall at AvondaleCommunity Centre, 10 November
trigger further consideration rather than protection(vii) The Whau Local Board is concerned that pastlocal heritage planning in the Roberton Road area,Avondale has not been brought into the Unitary Planand urgently requires further consideration in the over-lays.”
I do urge AWHS members to be aware of the start of public submissions on the Unitary Plan from Marchthis year — and to make submissions on the pointsraised in the plan. If we want to see a reasonable butreal level of protection for our city’s heritage, now isthe time to get involved.Further to my report in the last newsletter, I was givenan opportunity to submit my feedback to the WhauLocal Board via Mark Allen, Senior Local BoardAdviser, on 14 November (day of the eclipse of thesun). I sincerely thank Mark for taking the time to lis-ten to my concerns, that was very much appreciated. Inresponse, I received a copy of the Whau Local Board’sfeedback summary for the Unitary Plan proposals.Here is the heritage section of their feedback.“On the Historic Heritage and Historic Character Pack-age that:(i) The Whau Local Board agree with rolling over ex-isting schedules(ii) Note that urgent work needs to be done checkingCategory C/3 buildings and to identify other potentialsites(iii) Current approaches for notification with regard toheritage are too limited so for example demolitionshould be notified(iv) The Cultural Heritage Inventory is a best practiceand must be referenced in the Unitary plan to be takenaccount of when considering developments and notifi-cation(v) More work is needed on defining character areasand that Council need to provide adequate resourcingto enable this to be progressed(vi) The Whau Local Board is concerned with a blan-ket age protection approach around access to aerialphotographs and suggest instead that age shouldThe Local Board have initiated meetings between staff,Board heritage portfolio holders, and representatives of the three historical societies in the area — AWHS,Blockhouse Bay HS and West Auckland HS. A meet-ing scheduled for 15 November didn’t eventuate (I wasthe only one to turn up from the historical societies), soanother meeting is now planned for 22 January.This went fairly well. One new member, lots of chatand conversation (I hurriedly put together a photo dis-play), the reduced 1/3 sheet brochure I quickly printedwas picked up by passers by, and we may have a futureguest speaker.
What’s in a name?Saxon to Kuaka Reserve
At the AWHS meeting in December last year, a fewcame up to me remarking on the renaming of SaxonReserve, a piece of green space at the corner of SaxonStreet and Oakley Avenue, to Kuaka Reserve. I wasalso surprised that the name Kuaka had been chosen bythe Albert-Eden Local Board, considering the strengthof the ties of the Goodwin family (who owned part of the now-enlarged reserve, land fronting Alford Street)for much of the last century (see Tony Goodwin’sarticle in the last
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