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No. 44March—April 2010
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Next meeting:Saturday 3 April 2010, 2.30 pmLions Hall, cnr. Blockhouse Bay Roadand Great North Road.Historic Places Act Review
A copy of a letter received the NZ Historic PlacesTrust, of which the AWHS is a member, is enclosedwith this newsletter. This was presented at theSociety’s February meeting, and will come before themembers again in April to consider a resolution as towritten response to NZHPT and the Ministry of Cultureand Heritage, possibly at the start of a series of submis-sions on the changes to the Act.Of particular concern to are the two proposals to (a)abolish the local branch committees for NZHPT, and(b) the appointment in future of all members of theNZHPT Board by the government. At the moment, theBoard and branch committees are elected from themembership of NZHPT.In terms of the first proposal, the abolition of thebranch committees, part of the reasoning behind this asexpressed in the letter is: “The NZHPT’s own historyreflects branch committees’ record of advocating forheritage, but on occasion there has been tension be-tween the NZHPT’s regulatory role and the advocacyof an active membership which has constrained the ef-fectiveness of the organisation.
One example is inthose cases where branch committees oppose theactivities or plans of other Crown agencies
.”There is a feeling that these reforms will curtail anypublic input into what has been recognised by many asNZ’s main community organisation serving as aHeritage Protection Authority. It appears to be ironic,given the fact that the genesis of the NZHPT lies in thepublic protests over the demolition of sites such asPartington’s Windmill here in Auckland in the 1950s.More updates on this situation will be published as theycome to hand.
St Ninians 150th
The Society endorsed a proposed application inDecember to the Avondale Community Board for asign to be installed outside St Ninians to commemoratethe 150th anniversary of its completion. This has beensubmitted, via Catherine Farmer of the AvondaleCommunity Board, to the Board for consideration.
A real concern has arisen as to what is to become of Avondale’s oldest heritage building. On makingenquiries through Catherine to Council as to what ishappening, I received the following email on 5February from Council’s Democracy Services:
“The current status is as follows:
“After receiving a report regarding the contaminationof the building/site, it was decided to make the build-ing a community leased building, with adults only ac-cess. They were going to strip the lead paint from theoutside and repaint the entire outside of the buildingand to strip the paint on the inside up to 2 metres and repaint the inside. It was decided to lay a concrete path to the door. However, once work commenced it was discovered that there was substantial cracking inthe building structure.
“A report was requested from an engineer to deter-mine whether or not the building is sound. Now that the report has been received, officers from variousdivisions will meet to discuss the way forward.”
I held up publication of the Newsletter for a week,hoping to hear what the outcome of the meeting was.There has been no word up to publication.
8 April 1860 is the day the Whau PresbyterianChurch was opened officially, being the basefor Presbyterian services from Avondale toKaukapakapa, and Avondale’s first schoolbuilding from 1860.
On Thursday 8 April 2010, 10 am, readers arewelcome to join me in a gathering outside theold building to celebrate its opening, rain orshine. Contact me on 828-8494 if you’d like tohelp out with this.