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Welcome to the website of Historic Places Wellington Incorporated (HPW)

   

  • We are a membership not-for-profit organisation based in Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara, New Zealand.
  • We advocate for heritage in the wider Wellington region, and offer events such as talks, walks and visits to historic places and buildings. You can help by joining us.
  • For more information, see our about us page.
  • Our newsletters are under the resources page, as are useful links and other heritage information.
  • We are also on Facebook.

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News and Events

Our chairperson, Felicity Wong, gave a talk to the joint annual conference of Historic Places Aotearoa and ICOMOS in Auckland on 12 November about keeping our built heritage. You can read it here (PDF).

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New book published on 10 November: EMPIRE CITY: WELLINGTON BECOMES THE CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND, by John Martin. We made a contribution to the costs of this. You can read more here.

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Friday 2 December: “…. more cars and fewer hen houses …” New Zealand interior and landscape architectures of the 1960s: a one day symposium organised by Te Herenga Waka Victoria University School of Architecture. The programme, abstracts and other details are available on this page: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/architecture/centres/cbpr/conferences/2022-conference

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St Andrew’s on the Terrace, a Category 1 historic place, has Wednesday (and occasionally Thursday) lunchtime concerts starting at 12:15pm. The last concert for 2022 will be on 14 December.

Check their website for further details.

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The September 2022 issue of Oculus, the newsletter of Historic Places Aotearoa is available here (PDF copy). Earlier issues of Oculus, are available on our useful links page (scroll down to HPA). Our latest newsletter is also available on our Newsletters page.

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Old or Green: Is the greenest building an old building? We hosted this talk by Brenda and Robert Vale during Heritage Week in October 2021. You can watch a 10 minute highlights version here.

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Our chairperson Felicity Wong gave a presentation (online via Zoom) to U3A Wellington city on 31 August 2021 on Challenges to Built Heritage: Neglect, Earthquakes and Urban Planning. You can read a copy on our advocacy page – or click this link here. (PDF copy)

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Blue Plaques. This is an initiative of our national body, Historic Places Aotearoa to identify and promote our built heritage.

The large cast aluminium plaques are designed to be placed prominently on the facades of important heritage buildings. We have more information on Blue Plaques on our resources page.

There is also a dedicated website for blue plaques.

The image shows Wellington’s first blue plaque at Randell Cottage in St Mary’s Street Thorndon (installed November 2022).

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