Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Open Day: Wellington’s grand old lady opens its doors

Media release

7 January 2013

Wellington’s grand old lady opens its doors

If the walls could talk, then Wellington’s Government Buildings walls would have plenty to say.

From this Saturday, 12 January until Easter weekend, the 136-year-old former seat of government will be open for visitors to explore and hear some of those stories from the past.

The open days offer the chance for people to view the interior of the building and learn about the history and restoration of the Government Buildings. Wellington’s grand old lady will not disappoint with its sweeping staircases, cast iron fireplaces and kauri clad interiors, showcasing New Zealand's architectural heritage.

“The open days allow visitors to learn about the building’s heritage and stroll through the second largest wooden building in the world”, says DOC Kapiti Wellington Area historic ranger, Yolanda Vogel. “ Once inside there are plenty of fascinating things to look out for including the “hanging” staircases, the Cabinet room where Prime Minister Seddon held Cabinet meetings from 1893-1906 and the 1876 clock.

The Government Buildings were built in 1876 to house Government Ministers and practically the entire Wellington-based public service of the day. Today, Government Buildings is home to Victoria University’s Law School.

Open days take place every Saturday from 12 January until Easter 2013, 10am-4pm with free guided tours held at 11am and 2pm.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news