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No. 71 September—October 2014
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Guest Speakers
Contact Alison Turner, 825-0300, if you have any
suggestions for our Guest Speakers schedule for the
new year.
For October — movie (silent) showing the preparation
for the building of Lynnmall in 1963, and its opening
in October that year.
Subscription increase, and trading table
This was approved at the August AGM, so individual
subscription is now $15, while couples/family is now

Dawn Moffatt, our Trading Table Co-ordinator, handed
over to the Society $320 at the AGM. Well done Dawn,
for all your hard work! We really appreciate it.
Whau Local Board’s Local Plan: the
heritage component
priority, with the inclusion of not only metropolitan and
town centre, but an SHA (special housing area) – heri-
tage assessments of the area should be seen by the
Local Board as a priority, one which the board, as part
of “cherishing heritage”, should be keen to promote
and support.

As for the street sign suggestion – as so many streets in
the Whau area have had their names changed over time,
a far better priority would be to promote the inclusion
of interpretive signage in our parks and reserves.

There should also be support for the preparation of a
World War 1 roll of honour for the Whau Local Board
area, with completion by November 2018.

The heritage of the Whau area is far, far more than just
“clothing and ceramics”. This is an area that has been
noted for horticultural innovation, market gardening,
orchards, brickmaking (back to the 1860s), road, rail
and water transport, and community initiatives to sup-
port the community in times of need. To simply try to
sum it all up to “clothing and ceramics” is overly sim-
plistic and narrow focussed.
Heritage Festival
I attended the Local Plan submission hearings held at
New Lynn on September 3 — when I was one of six
submitters during the day presenting a case for local
heritage, the others from the New Lynn Protection
Society and the Save the Oag’s Building group. That
was heartening enough — but we also had thoughtful
questions on aspects of the presentations by Board
Members, engaging with us regarding the issue. This
was most encouraging. I spoke on my own behalf, as
there was no time in August to have a submission ap-
proved by our Society, but here is the text:

After echoing support for a New Lynn Heritage study
and both identification and recognition of that area’s
existing heritage buildings, I submitted: In addition, the
noted outcome on the draft local board plan for
“heritage assessments” of buildings goes hand-in-hand
with a heritage survey of the New Lynn section of the
Whau Local Board area (the Board should also flag to
the Governing Body that other areas should heritage-
assessed once the priority New Lynn area is com-
pleted). With the Whau as “number 2” for development
Talks on World War I and the local area will be given
by myself at the following libraries:

October 2, Pt Chevalier Library, 10.30 am

October 7, Avondale Library, 10.30 am

October 8, Blockhouse Bay Library 11.00 am

On top of that the NZ Federation of Historical Societies
are holding a seminar at St Ninians on Thursday
October 9, featuring Jeremy Salmond, “The effects of
World War One on the way people lived and how so-
cial change is reflected in the houses of that time”,
1.30pm to 3.30 pm, admittance $10.00.

Our next regular Society meeting is
Saturday 4 October, 2pm, at St Ninians.