So this is pretty much an important part of NZ culture and heritage, and I felt it to be rather apt at posting a small tribute here on Heritage Abound. As this day commemorates the signing of one our founding documents…


Today in History 6 Feb 1840, The Treaty of Waitangi is signed

In the article are internal and external links to more information about the Treaty of Waitang; what it is about etc.

Just got an email from my friend Paulette, who works at DOC as a heritage ranger.

They are having talks and tours through the Old Government Buildings during Feb-April.

I’ve put the programme listing down below.

Go Check it out, as they are awesome buildings to go and look at.

Published by
Department of Conservation
Wellington Conservancy
P.O. Box 5086, Wellington 6145
Free talks and tours — 6 February to 20 March
Bookings essential: E-mail or phone 04 470 8439.
Meet at the main entrance, opposite the statue of Peter Fraser.

6 Feb, 11 a.m. Waitangi Day. Welcome to the old Government Buildings. Property host Mike Deavin will greet guests and highlight the special features of the old Government Buildings
13 Feb, 11 a.m. A pinnacle of New Zealand’s wooden building heritage and notable in the world. ( Paul Mahoney)
Paul Mahoney is the National Manager of Historic Heritage for the Department of Conservation.
20 Feb, Note: 12 p.m. start. Conserving the lion of the old Government Buildings and other historic timber structures
(Jack Fry) Jack Fry is a conservator of artefacts. He can be found most Saturdays on Hikitia, heading the Maritime Archaeological Association’s conservation team.
27 Feb, 11 a.m. The old Government Buildings in the life and imagination of Wellington, 1876-1926. (Ben Schrader)
Ben Schrader is a public historian with particular interests in urban history and historic preservation. He is presently writing a history of New Zealand city life.
6 Mar,11 a.m. Working and learning in an historic treasure—the Law School and the old Government Buildings.(Geoff McLay)
Geoff McLay is a Reader in Law at Victoria University of Wellington, and has worked in the old Government Buildings since it reopened in 1996.
13 Mar, 11 a.m. Pipitea Pä and Mäori in early Wellington. (Morrie Love) Te Atiawa
20 Mar, 11 a.m. A comprehensive history of the old Government Buildings. (Mike Deavin) Mike Deavin is an experienced tour guide. He has led tours through Wellington’s law courts and the old Government Buildings. His love of historic buildings comes from years spent as an ecclesiastical joiner both in New Zealand and overseas.
Old Government Buildings
27 Mar,11 a.m. A lasting legacy of quality conservation restoration. (Allan Ross)  Allan Ross is a long-time supporter of the old Government Buildings. He was Regional Conservator for the Department of Conservation during the building’s extensive restoration in 1994-96.
3 Apr, 11 a.m. Getting the time right: An intimate look at the 1876 old Government Buildings clock. (Paulette Wallace).
Paulette Wallace is an historic ranger for the Department of Conservation.
10 Apr, Note: 10 a.m. start. A powerful expression of New Zealand’s development as a nation: the early years of the old Government Buildings. (Michael Kelly) Michael Kelly is the Wellington heritage consultant responsible for collecting and recording the history of the old Government Buildings for the 1994-96 restoration.
17 Apr,11 a.m. The old Government Buildings: the modern use of heritage buildings by a University on an integrated Campus and the impetus that a keen long term tenant can bring to urban renewal projects. (Terence Broad)
Terence Broad is a retired architect who worked at the Ministry of Works for 25 years including 8 years on the National Library building. Terence then joined the property section of Victoria University for 13 years. He considers urban design a most essential part of architecture and strongly supports active re-use of older buildings.

24 Apr,11 a.m. Historic archaeology in Wellington: the1855 earthquake and what archaeology can tell us.(Bruce McFadgen) Bruce McFadgen is an archaeologist with more than 45 years field experience. He has written extensively on catastrophic events in prehistoric New Zealand.
If  any of you want me to email the official flyer to you, let me know and I’ll pass it on.

I’ll most likely go to each one, and post up my thoughts of the talks here, and any pics I take