Archive for the ‘Heritage’ Category

Gordon Wilson Memorial Flats | 320 The Terrace

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The Gordon Wilson Flats on The Terrace are under threat, (more…)

Time for NZ’s Memorial Park Precinct to officially be heritage?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Is this Armistice anniversary the time to ask “Should Pukeahu be formally declared a heritage area?”


The opening of Pukeahu during ANZAC celebrations this year was an acknowledgement of the past but also of the ability of heritage to contribute to the future.Ā  (more…)

Poor process or RMA problems?

Friday, October 17th, 2014



Last Sunday (12th October) John Key announced that the Housing Accords legislation would be incorporated into the Resource Management Act (RMA), and that the Basin Board of Inquiry was evidence of a need to combine sections 6 and 7, and include a reference to “infrastructure” in this new section in an amended RMA. (more…)

Making porridge pancakes: Te Aro Park

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I haven’t been down to the container exhibition of WCC’s Wellington 2040 vision, but am looking forward to doing so soon. What I have seen is the recent post over onĀ EyeoftheFish, which gives us a sneak preview of a small part of the type of outcome that might be expected to emerge from that vision: in this case, a new green space where the Oaks building is currently sited. As the Fish reports, that site has been the subject of many suggestions for ‘improvement,’ some of which are captured in thisĀ thread. A particularly intriguing one was the suggestion of a ‘Flatiron’/wedge-shaped building on Te Aro Park, and a park where Oaks currently is – a swap of building for open space and vice versa.

Anyway, WCC’s artist’s impression for this specific site (in accordance with the 2040 vision), has been published by the Fish, which I have plagiarised (above) for this post (click on the image to see it larger over on EotF). Although WCC might well beĀ congratulatedĀ for a bold vision and a positive intervention in our urban fabric, at a detailed level, the featureless expanse of lawn probably leaves a lot to desire (and would present a heck of a maintenance issue, even worse that those that currently exist on the Te Aro Park part of the site). That aside, there are other, I think more interesting, issues here that seem always to be overlooked when discussion of what to do with Te Aro Park arises – in particular, issues of both urban and cultural heritage. (more…)

Let’s go the whole hog with heritage

Monday, March 7th, 2011

No, not in any Gerry Brownlee way, but if there’s going to be any strengthening going on why mess with 30%?Ā  Why put all that kind of money into strengthening when to strengthen to 100% won’t cost another 70% but much much less? (more…)

Architecture of the Basin

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Architectural Centre, having just put in a submission on the future of Wellington in the year 2040, where we had the pleasure of looking at the city as a whole, are of the opinion that in 30 years time the city will be very different from what we have now. Traffic needs of the city, currently throttling it to death in various places, need to be reassessed – and with a free mind.

Things like the Basin Reserve for instance, may not need to be continuously ringed with roads for traffic. Indeed, we are most concerned that the Basin Reserve is currently reserved mainly for use as a giant traffic roundabout – there are better uses for a Basin than that, and there are certainly better roundabouts. But what if the traffic was to go elsewere? While the traffic planners at Opus and the NZTA are crying “OverPass”, what if the traffic was to go in a tunnel?

Like just about any idea in the world, someone else has thought of it all before. (more…)

New Zealand House

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Not just any old New Zealand house, this is about THE New Zealand House.

Hitting the news this week, and probably the gutter / talk back radio as well:

Taxpayers face a $150 million bill to renovate New Zealand House in London – $23m more than the building’s book value.

The newspaper seems (more…)