August 2009

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Ok…so the video is a bit droll…however having been to the centre, I can recommend it whole heartedly! It is truely cool…plus I like old planes and war parefenalia…the blame can soley rest with my granddad whom took me and my older brother to the Wigram Airforce base all the time when we went on holidays….so if you ever thought there was nothing to do in Blenheim (besides the wine trails) this Aviation Heritage Centre is one of the reasons to go!

Metro News – Historic Building

A building in Christchurch that’s up for sale and has not been registered as a Heritage site. The current owner doesn’t think it has any heritage value, but other parties think it does. Will it get heritage status in time? Or will it be another building that is lost?

Alexander Turnbull House This is one of my most favourite buildings in Wellington. Partly because it is now surrounded by the high skyscraper buildings, that engulf and hide it from view, it is this pleasant building that pops out and quietly surprises you. It is situated on Bolton Terrace across the road from the Beehive (Parliament Buildings).

It was built in 1916 By Thomas Turnbull, who was a promient architect in Wellington, desgining such buildings as the Parliamentary Library. It was built as a residence for Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull’s, Thomas Turnbull’s father, and it also held his collection of books, paintings, maps etc, by his death he had collected over 55,000 items, making it one of New Zealands largest private collections. This collection is now held at the National Library on Molesworth Street.

The Department of Conservation is now in charge of the maintence of this building, and it is still used by the public as a functions venue (I’ve been to a few functions over the years there myself).

I’ve put the links to the DOC site and also to the Historic Places registra below…so you can continue reading up on the place.

It was registred with the Historic Places Trust in 1982 and is a category 1 building. This basically means that it is a Nationally important building and can’t really be changed.

So, I’ve thought about where I want to start with this blog. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to brush up on some reading about Sustainable Heritage. This is something that I believe should be applied to our heritage sites, but before I go into details about it, I’m going to make sure I’ve got a good head around the arguments for it….so expect some more from me in my next up date about sustainable heritage and how we as everyday people can help achieve these goals, etc.

The playschool clock was found in Invercargill

Follow the link to the web article on stuff – playschool clock

I have wonderful memories of this programme.  Listening to stories along with Big Ted and Little Ted. Making interesting crafts with Jemima and Manu. Seeing what time it is and what is through the window with Humpty.

Thought I’d also mention, that if you think of a heritage site, building, monument that you think I should check out, let me know and I’ll take a looksey and do some research into it….all help to get this rolling will be appreciated.

Some websites and Blogs that are useful  – this is a new site that launched today, that is really one for the army enthusiast. It’s pretty cool

Also tweets you should follow @NLNZ – this is the New Zealand national library that puts up way cool photos

@NZHistorydotnet -the name says it all

@Te_Ara – this is the online encyclopidia

@TePapaColOnline  – Te Papa’s online collection

@nzmuseums – they list events etc that are happening around the country

Right..I’m not to sure how this blog will turn out, but my intention is to start writing about New Zealand Heritage and what I think about it.

For those that don’t know me, I did a BA in Art History and Architectural Studies (this is basically theroy and history) and then went on to do a Graduate Diploma in Museums and Heritage Studie…I may one day go back and do my Masters, but well see.

I love our Heritage and think that we as New Zealanders should be proud of what we have, I feel that not enough people are aware of what Heritage means as a Nation and more importantly as an individual.

My purpose in this blog is to inform people of what is around them, and why it is important to look after our Heritage, and what it basically and ultimately means to them.

So I will endeavour to post images of heritage buildings and sites and monument, etc and write abit about them in context and also what I personally think of them.

I will also give out links of other blogs that may be interesting to follow…or twitters that I thinks should be followed.

Anyway follow along if you think this will be interesting…or not, cause I know I can ramble and perhaps this will end up being a place where I can get my thoughts down about this.