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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, 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.  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

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With current health concerns with COVID-19 and the soon to be implemented “lockdown”, there will not be any events to advertise here for at least the next month. The Wellington City Council has also made the decision to put the Planning for Growth community engagement on hold.

If you want more information about COVID-19 in New Zealand, please use an authoritative source such as the government website here: https://covid19.govt.nz

We have CANCELLED our planned meeting: Thurs 26 March, 7pm to 9pm – public meetingRestoring our old houses – do Wellingtonians need help?

 

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We don’t yet know if this will go ahead – Evening Class: From 4 June and the following three Thursdays in June; 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Called ‘City Stories: Wellington’s Architectural Heritage’ the course looks at the development of Wellington and some of the historic buildings that illustrate different phases of that development. It is at Wellington High School, with an optional Saturday morning walk through the CDB at the end. For more information, please click the link.

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The latest edition (Jan-Feb 2020) of Heritage Today is available from Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council – download a PDF copy here: Heritage Today Jan Feb 2020. Earlier editions are available from their online library.

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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 some interest from heritage building owners in Wellington.

 

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Victoria University of Wellington, which owns the Gordon Wilson Flats at 320 The Terrace, wishes to demolish the building. It is not currently habitable. A city council panel approved the proposal to take the Gordon Wilson flats off the council’s heritage list. The Architectural Centre appealed the decision. The decision from the Environment Court on Gordon Wilson Flats came out on 9 August 2017. The appeal by the Architectural Centre was allowed and Gordon Wilson Flats should not be taken off the Council’s heritage list.

Gordon Wilson Flats
Gordon Wilson Flats, late 1950s. The Terrace.

The decision noted that the appeal process had: “provided information that raises the heritage significance architecturally, socially and technically … of the GWF. Rather than diminishing the building’s heritage value … it has in fact strengthened the reasons for it to be listed” (at [51]). For more information about the Gordon Wilson Flats as architectural heritage, see the website of the Architectural Centre. And, also, on the DOCOMOMO NZ website.

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