Upcoming members’ events

11 to 13 October in Gisborne, Historic Places Aotearoa and ICOMOS NZ are holding a joint conference. Historic Places Wellington members are entitled to register at the ‘member’ rate, if interested. Here is the registration form and conference outline (PDF documents):

HPA – ICOMOS 2019 AGM Programme

HPA AGM Registration Form 2019


3 November, 3pm at Futuna Chapel, off Friend St, Karori. Three speakers, followed by refreshments – this event is part of Wellington Heritage Week, co-sponsored by us and Futuna Trust.

Nick Bevin, from Futuna Trust will introduce the session.

“Clock tower on the Naenae Post Office, Lower Hutt,” 1960, photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers, Alexander Turnbull Library

Jamie Jacobs will speak on ‘The Stubborn Ambivalence Toward the Twentieth Century Suburban Vernacular’: Despite ever increasing scholarship and official recognition of mid-twentieth century buildings and landscapes, there remains distressingly limited support and a broad ambivalence about the everyday architecture of suburbia.

Jamie JacobsJamie Jacobs is the Central Region Director for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, New Zealand’s leading historic preservation agency. Prior to relocating to New Zealand he worked for fifteen years in the United States as an architectural historian for the Historic American Buildings Survey and the National Historic Landmarks Program both within the U. S. National Park Service.  Jamie holds a Master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. He has published widely, including a book titled Detached America: Building Houses in Postwar Suburbia published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015.  Jamie is currently researching the mid-twentieth-century destruction and rebuilding of Te Aro, one of Wellington’s earliest neighbourhoods.

Sharon Jansen, will speak on ‘Nelson House Alteration – Ernst Plischke 1961′



(Photos by Paul McCredie.) A discussion outlining the restoration of a relatively unknown house by Ernst Plischke, which was built in Nelson in 1961 for the Griffin Family. Knowledge of the house only came to light in 2012, with the drawings found in the Nelson City Archives. The house was in a poor state, having had little maintenance over its years and an ungainly extension added to the face of the building in 1994.

This talk will track its restoration to grace, through drawings and photographs.

Sharon JansenSharon Jansen (BArch (Hons) Registered Architect FNZIA) graduated from Auckland University in 1984 and registered in 1994. Following graduation, she spent 9 years working overseas in Australia, Singapore and Paris. In 2014 she returned to private practice as a sole practitioner focusing on residential projects. Sharon is on the Management Committee for the Architecture Programme Accreditation Procedure, a member of the Building Research Advisory Council, and a member of the NZIA Wellington branch, and has served as a juror for the NZIA awards jury at local and national level.