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Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 44

Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 44

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Published by Lisa Truttman
Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Feb 14, 2010
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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.
NZ Federation Conference 2010
Referring to the advice published in the last newsletter,gremlins got in the works and knocked out theregistration fee, which is $40 per person, on top of feesfor dinner, Huia Museum, etc.If anyone has any spare small to medium sized plasticplant pots — I’d love to have them for potting plantsfor sale at Dawn’s trading table held at each meeting.My contact details are in the
. — Lisa
Trading TableAvondale History Group Photos
Ron Oates, author of 
Challenge of the Whau
(1994),has very kindly donated to the Society a collection of photographs gathered by the Group when researchingand compiling the book. There are over 150photographs, comprising around 100 images, somepreviously unpublished. Two examples at left, andbelow.
 Left: Avondale Primary primers building and sideclassrooms/dental nurse rooms, as seen from railwayhouse.
Stories of a river
Thanks to those who have responded so far to lastissue’s appeal for info and memories about the river. Ihaven’t heard from Friends of the Whau yet as to whatthey intend to do with regard to their 10th anniversaryyet. If they decide not to mark the occasion after all,I’ll see about publishing a collection on the river my-self, in consultation with AWHS members.
This photo, from the Avondale History Group collection, is inscribed “The French’s glasshouse and  property on the north side of Tiverton Road.” It looks as if this was the property of Alma Victor French,a glazier (1920s), who lived at the corner of New Windsor and Tiverton.

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