Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

War Memorial Gates claim described as “nonsense”

New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

War Memorial Gates claim described as “nonsense”

10 January 2008


The New Zealand Historic Places Trust has denounced as “nonsense” claims made by the Mawhera Incorporation that the removal of Greymouth’s War Memorial pillars was necessitated by NZHPT moves to list them.

The country’s leading heritage agency also refutes reports carried in the media, and as indicated by Mawhera, that NZHPT had planned a special meeting this week to register the memorial gates.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust General Manager Southern Region Malcolm Duff said he was extremely disappointed to see such excuses offered by Mawhera chair Maika Mason in Christchurch’s The Press newspaper this morning.

“We are absolutely appalled that Mawhera is using the issue of the gates being proposed for registration as an excuse to remove them. This demonstrates a very poor understanding of the Register and its implications.”

The NZHPT Register of historic places identifies and tells the stories about New Zealand’s most significant and valued heritage places. Its size and national focus make the Register one of the most important historical information resources in New Zealand.

Mr Duff said the Register does not afford automatic protection; rather it is an information and advocacy tool. In many cases the significance of the places registered leads to the heritage property being scheduled for protection under the District Plan and the RMA; however this is not a foregone conclusion.

Being registered with NZHPT does not directly create regulatory consequences or legal obligations on property owners, nor does it create specific rights or control over property.

Protection of historic places is afforded through the schedules of the District Plans which are administered by local authorities. Once included in a schedule, Local authorities are required to notify the NZHPT if a project information memorandum (PIM) or building consent application is received for a registered property. This allows the NZHPT to offer conservation advice to property owners and advocate for the retention of heritage values. Registration should also be noted on relevant land information memorandum (LIM) for the property.

The NZHPT has been working to register the Gates at Greymouth as a Category II Historic Place; this has involved research and consultation with key stakeholders, including Mawhera Incorporation which had been provided with details of what Registration entails and also a draft of the registration report to seek their views.

In accordance with international best practice and the New Zealand ICOMOS Charter heritage items such as these gates should be maintained in their location and context and NZHPT believes it would have been possible to maintain these gates in their location on the boundary of the site within the landscaping design. The gates provide a link with the former school – the first state school in Greymouth – and its pupils who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom that all New Zealanders enjoy today.

“The action of removing the gates illustrates the vulnerability of New Zealand’s heritage in circumstances where items are not scheduled in District Plans and consequently given some protection. This case illustrates the need for Councils to have clear policies for heritage in their District Plans AND that their inventories or schedules of heritage places should be as comprehensive as possible,” said Mr Duff.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election