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2014 May Newsletter

01-May-2014

EVENTS FOR 2014

This is the line-up of events for the rest of 2014:

June 27th – 6.30pm at Remuera Library – GREAT GUNS

An evening with Ian Maxwell, co-author of Great Guns: the artillery heritage of New Zealand, which explores why New Zealanders brought trophy gunsback from the Crimean, South African and First World wars, and where these and other pieces of ordnance were displayed in parks and other public places. Many stories of how the weapon was acquired, presented, used and discarded are related. These include humorous accounts of authorised and unauthorised firings of the guns, and their unwitting inclusion in wider debates on war and peace. The book describes the background to taking war trophies and how they were distributed in NZ. At least 340 captured artillery pieces - and 1500 machine guns - were brought back to NZ after WWI. Every school got a machine gun.

August 15th Friday - 6.30pm at Remuera Library – 200 YEARS OF SAMUEL MARSDEN

The Very Rev Dr. Warren Limbrick will speak on 200 years of Rev Samuel Marsden preaching the first church service in NZ. Includes the early times of Marsden in Sydney, working with Ruatara, and establishment of the first CMS missions up north. The Very Rev Dr. Warren Limbrick of St John's has written books on John Kinder and Bishop Selwyn and is an expert on early New Zealand history.

October 2nd - AUCKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
6.30pm at Remuera Library
Effects of WW1 on New Zealanders by Herb Farrant, President of the N Z Military History Society on the impact and effects of the outbreak of WWI on New Zealanders, the call to arms and the false expectation of our men being home for Christmas...

October 4th - REMUERA HISTORY: ST LUKE’S, ST MARKS AND ST MICHAELS

Join Remuera Heritage in a walk to discover the architecture and history of the churches of St Luke, St Mark and St Michael and other buildings of interest in the area. We will meet at St Luke’s Church, 130 Remuera Road, and return to end at our start location. This event is held in partnership with St Luke’s Church and Community and the Auckland Heritage Festival. Saturday 4 October (or Sunday 5 October 2014 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm, followed by afternoon tea at St Luke’s.

October 31st – Assoc. Professor Leonard Bell on Charles Goldie, New Zealand painter and Remuera resident

Late November/early December – Xmas party at Terry Sutcliffe’s residence


REMUERA RAILWAY STATION

David Pittman of The Remuera Railway Station Preservation Trust and Sue Cooper of Remuera Heritage recently did a presentation on the railway station’s restoration and future to the Heritage Advisory Panel of Auckland Council, chaired by Councillor Mike Lee. While the exterior has been preserved, the interior needs a lot of work done to bring it up to a usable standard. The unique signal box also requires some renovation. Remuera Heritage and The RRSPT have proposed that the station could be used for a secure lockup cycle parking facility, bike hire, and as a venue for a small railway museum display and heritage events relating to trains and railways. The Panel and Auckland Transport expressed their support for restoring Auckland’s heritage stations.


DID YOU SEE US IN THE EAST & BAYS COURIER ON 21 MAY 2014?

Sue Cooper and Troy Churton of the Orakei Local Board were interviewed by the newspaper about the demolition or removal of old houses in the Orakei ward and Remuera in particular. While the draft unitary plan includes heritage protection for pre-1944 houses and buildings, house owners could apply before 30 September 2013 for a certificate of compliance to demolish. This was a shortcoming in the council’s planning, resulting in 79 applications lodged across the city. Now a resource consent is needed to demolish or remove a building while the proposed Auckland unitary plan is consulted on.