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Remuera Heritage Enewsletter July 2018 No.37



AUCKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL 29 September – 14 October 2018 

The festival theme this year is Nga Iwi o Tamaki Makaurau – celebrating the heritage of our people and how diverse cultures from all corners of the world have contributed to Auckland’s heritage. Remuera Heritage will host two events this year. 

Remuera has been home to more than a dozen Chinese Fruiterers since the 1920s. Jack Lum & Co Ltd continues the tradition of providing high quality fruit and vegetables in Remuera. The 2018 publication of "Fruits of our Labours: Chinese Fruit Shops in New Zealand" includes the contributions of these Remuera fruiterers, families and their descendants. 

Remuera Library, 429 Remuera Rd 

Friday 5 October, 7pm 

Rob Allen, Professor of Social History, AUT, talks about the Arts and Crafts Movement which originated in England with William Morris. There were many Remuera houses, including Coolangatta, which were influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement in their design in the early 20th century. 

Remuera Library, 429 Remuera Rd 

Friday 12 October, 7pm 


Remuera Heritage is looking at a visit to the new Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre at Hampton Downs, 60 kms south of Auckland. A proposed date is Saturday 3rd November 2018 in the afternoon. We would look at coordinating transport for this event. 

Check out the new website for the Bruce McLaren Trust - 


Remuera Heritage has completed the first stage of the oral history project. Mary Donald, archivist and oral historian, interviewed John Stacpoole, Angela Caughey, Beverley Newton, Hal Lawry and Joan Thompson about their memories of Remuera. Their stories are an important part of the social history of Remuera and we are very grateful to them for their contribution. 

How much will Aucklanders pay to live close to a heritage area? 

Recent research by Auckland Council has revealed Aucklanders are prepared to pay more for a house close to a scheduled heritage place and within a special character area. 

To ensure the investigation exclusively analysed the impact of heritage and special character, the researchers from the Heritage and Research & Investigation Units accounted for over 300 other non-heritage factors including types of house, zoning, distance to other amenities, the suburb, neighbourhood and the month or year of sale. 

Breaking down the statistics, people are willing to pay approximately 5.3 per cent more to live in a Special Character Area (SCA) – a price premium of $50,000 more than Auckland’s average house price. The research also disproved the common perception that people are willing to pay less for a heritage house because of restrictions that may be imposed on additions and alterations of the building. 

Although the data revealed there was no price premium for individual heritage houses, there was also no relationship indicating a lower market value for heritage houses – demonstrating that scheduling does not lower the market value of a house in Auckland. 

Further research and statistics on the economic and social benefits of heritage will be released during the Auckland Heritage Festival in October this year. 

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