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2014 December Newsletter





This was held in Terry Sutcliffe’s lovely garden amid the raindrops with fine food and bubbles. Terry offered tours of the museum as we celebrated another great year of heritage events. We wish you all a very happy festive season and hope you have a relaxing holiday.

Sue Cooper, Chair, Remuera Heritage.

Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

Last week Remuera Heritage had a major appearance before the Independent Hearings Panel on Topic 10 Historic heritage and special character. This was at the Regional Policy Statement level, which sets the direction for historic heritage overall for the Auckland region. We hope the outcome will be available before Christmas. You can see all the documents and evidence here: It’s a very complex process and a huge amount of work for those involved but it’s very important to get the direction right for the next 30 years of Auckland’s future.

The next topics coming up are 029 and 030 Special Character and Pre-1944 and topic 031 Historic heritage in relation to -

  • Auckland-wide objectives and policies for historic heritage
  • Overlay objectives and policies and rules for historic heritage
  • Accidental discovery protocols for historic heritage
  • Information requirements for resource consent applications – historic heritage


Dates for these are still to be firmed up but the list of possibles is:

  • Talk by Marti Friedlander, eminent photographer who emigrated to New Zealand in 1958.
  • Visit to Highwic, one of New Zealand’s finest Gothic houses, built in 1862
  • Talk by Helen Vail, blogger on her 100 WW1 war memorials project, which includes St Aidans
  • Charles Goldie – a talk by Assoc. Professor Len Bell on one of New Zealand’s most famous painters and one of Remuera’s most famous residents.
  • An antiques roadshow with Terry Sutcliffe – bring your own antiques for discussion
  • Stephen Cashmore on heritage design and conservation
  • David Veart on the history of toys
  • Repeat of Herb Farrant, NZ Military Historical Society on effects of WW1 on New Zealanders
  • Visit to Auckland Grammar School archives
  • A visit to College Rifles which was formed in 1897 with recruits from the students of Auckland Grammar, Kings College and St John’s College. 
  • Visit to Auckland Grammar School archives