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

 

A Jewel for the City Centre

15 September 2017


A Jewel for the City Centre


Auckland Mayor Phil Goff joined Waitematā Local Board Chair Pippa Coom today to open the newly refurbished Ellen Melville Centre and upgraded Freyberg Square on High Street in Central Auckland.

The opening followed a 12-month redevelopment to support the central city’s growing resident population.

Mayor Phil Goff praised the development as superb: “We have created in Freyberg Place one of the best public open spaces in the CBD. It refurbishes and preserves the heritage of the building and creates a space where pedestrians, not vehicles, come first. It’s a place where people will be drawn to relax and enjoy.”

“With more than 200,000 people working and studying downtown and 45,000 living here, we need more world-class public spaces and facilities like this,” he said.

The Ellen Melville Centre is one of Auckland’s most iconic heritage buildings. Built in 1962, the centre was originally proposed by Ellen Melville, New Zealand’s first woman councillor, as a hall for use by women's societies and a memorial to the pioneer women of the province.

The square is named after Lord Bernard Freyberg who served as Governor-General of New Zealand from 1946-1952 and whose statue has been relocated back to the site after being removed for the redesign.


Local Board Chair Pippa Coom states, “We are proud to have made this project a priority in 2012. We now have over 45,000 residents who will be able to enjoy the centre as a community hub.

“We are also proud to honour the legacy of Ellen Melville by officially renaming the hall after her, and by naming each of the centre’s five rooms after significant New Zealand women.”

The project was led by Auckland Council's Development Programme Office and supported by the Waitematā Local Board and the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.

The total project budget of $11 million was funded through the Waitematā Local Board and City Centre Targeted Rate. The key consultants were Isthmus Group, Stevens Lawson Architects, MPM Projects and JFC Limited contractors working with Corbel Construction and the artists were John Reynolds, Lisa Reihana and Graham Tipene. The building artwork is fully funded through the regional public art budget.

ENDS

Background

Ellen Melville Centre
Built in 1962 and originally called the Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Memorial Hall, the community centre was named after Eliza Ellen Melville – the first female city councillor in New Zealand and one of the country’s first women lawyers. While heritage aspects of the building have been preserved, the centre has a modern refurbishment including a new commercial grade kitchen, improved amenities, new audio visual system and café-style seating.

The social and cultural history of the building is acknowledged in the respect shown for its mid-century heritage character, while the location of the site at the toe of an historic volcano is expressed in the terrace and step forms of the square.

In June the Waitematā Local Board approved the following names for each of the rooms within the Ellen Melville Centre: Helen Clark Room, Elizabeth Yates Room, Betty Wark Room, Marilyn Waring Room, Eleitino (Paddy) Walker Room; and endorsed the name of the upper floor ‘hall space’ in the Ellen Melville Centre to be officially called the Pioneer Women’s Hall. The names were recommended by the National Council of Women (NCW) of New Zealand (Auckland Branch).

The Tukutuku panels were presented to the New Zealand Pioneers’ and Descendants’ Club by Mr and Mrs Eruera Stirling for the opening of the Pioneer Women’s Hall in 1962. The Ōrākei weavers restored the Tukutuku for the opening of the Ellen Melville Centre.

Freyberg Place
The site is named after Lord Bernard Freyberg who served in both World Wars One and Two and served as Governor-General of New Zealand from 1946-1952 and his statue has been relocated back to the site after being removed for the redesign.

The upgraded Freyberg Place creates a healthy urban place for people to occupy and inhabit - a place that reflects its particular environment, geology and history.

It has undergone a complete reconstruction converting the existing area into a shared space for pedestrians and vehicles. The area has been transformed with an elaborate series of cascading terraces stepped down the slope and an eye-catching water feature, in addition to new granite paving, street furniture and landscaping. The large transplanted Pohutakawa tree and Nikau palms form an integral part of the design.

Isthmus Group and Stevens Lawson Architects have collaborated with artist John Reynolds on the project.


Artwork - Justice: bronze sculpture floating above an exuberant abstract wall drawing, by artist Lisa Reihana.

Justice commemorates Ellen Melville - politician, women’s advocate and pioneer. The scales of justice make reference to her illustrious legal career of 37 years. The bronze forms the centrepiece of the façade; it's a strong, singular form with gentle curves. The whimsical abstract wall composition has a 50’s feel, taking its cue from the Parnell Baths mural by James Turkington. Both the Parnell Baths and the Ellen Melville Hall were designed by council city architect Tibor Donner.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Virtues (and Fluffed Opportunities) Of The Operation Burnham Report


One unspoken rule of thumb in any official public inquiry is : whatever you do, don’t conclude you were made to listen to “a litany of lies” even if the evidence of a deliberate cover-up is right there under your nose. In that respect, the report into the 2010 Operation Burnham military raid in Afghanistan has been a model of decorum. Bad stuff did happen and has been duly noted and lamented - but only as a lapse and departure from usual professional standards. Normal service can be trusted to resume shortly... More>>

 

Office Of The Speaker: Parliament Is Revamping Its Rules

Today, the Standing Orders Committee’s report on the review of Standing Orders was presented to the House. The Speaker of the House, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, chairs the committee. He said today that the 2020 review will make our rules more ... More>>

Environment: Govt Progress On Climate Change Essential, Risk Assessment Shows

The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer ... More>>


Economy: Investing In The Tourism Sector’s Recovery

More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million ... More>>

ALSO:

National On MP Bill: Waka-Jumping Repeal Bill Passes First Reading

The Electoral (Integrity Repeal) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading, marking one step closer to Parliament getting rid of NZ First’s ‘waka-jumping’ legislation, National List MP David Carter says. “I’d like to thank the Greens for voting ... More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19:Legislation For Managed Isolation Payments Introduced

Hon Dr Megan Woods Minister of Housing Legislation to allow the Government to recover some of the costs for managed isolation and quarantine will be introduced to Parliament today, said Minister of Housing Megan Woods. “The Bill will allow the government ... More>>

ALSO:

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>

ALSO:

Energy: 100% Renewable Electricity Grid Explored With Pumped Storage ‘battery’

The Government is taking a significant step toward its goal for 100% renewable electricity generation in a move that could be a game changer for consumers and the creation of a low-emissions economy, Energy & Resources Minister Megan Woods said. ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels