Home Restorers Group

Historic Places Wellington’s Home Restorers Group supports the on-going maintenance, restoration and regeneration of 19th and 20th Century Wellington houses. The group will be of interest to home-owners, designers and craftspeople involved in caring for old wooden houses. Activities will include monthly seminars, workshops or site visits and will gather useful historical, technical and design resources.

The group is convened by Christina Mackay, Architect, adjunct research fellow at the Wellington School of Architecture and HPW committee member. Should you have any queries, please contact Christina at christina.mackay@vuw.ac.nz . Or follow us on Facebook to see when the next meeting will be.

We will add information and relevant resources to this page over time. You may also find useful information on our Resources and Useful Links pages.


Next Event: Tips on caring for timber windows and doors

Date:   7.30pm – 9.00pm Wednesday 20 October 2021

Venue: Room VS 2.04,  Wellington School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington. (In order to gain after-hours access, please meet at the front entrance doors at 7.30pm or txt Christina (021 476 875)

Admission: Free

Wayne Hosie, Master Craftsman, will present his experiences and wisdom in the conservation, repair and upgrade of traditional timber joinery, especially of Edwardian to Art Deco houses. You are invited to bring along your curiosity, photographs and questions.

Should you have any queries, please contact Christina Mackay (021 476 875)

Seminar – Caring for interior wood finishes.

This seminar was presented by John Kilby from RESENE. It included information on the wood finishes used over the last 150 years and how they can be identified. Alternative approaches and products for maintaining or re-finishing wooden floors, trim and joinery will be discussed as well as issues of health, environment, durability and on-going care.

Participants were invited to bring along current queries and questions on their properties.


Seminar – Researching the history of a Wellington house

This seminar presented methods for researching the history of a Wellington house with examples of the fascinating information held by LINZ, Wellington City Council, Archives NZ, National Library, etc. 

Participants were invited to bring along current queries and questions on their properties.