‘Gross’ wall causes ruckus

Legal action is being taken over a three-metre-high retaining wall. Birkenhead Pt residents are seeking a judicial review of the Auckland Council-approved resource consent at the High Court. Residents are adamant the wall is the only issue with the 83 Palmerston Rd development. David Rawlings, who lives directly opposite the property, says he is disgusted […]


from Sunday Morning on Sunday 14 October 2012 In the light of Auckland’s Heritage Festival, Wayne takes a critical look at the reality of heritage, Auckland style. Chris subsequently speaks with Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, and Brisbane conservation architect Peter Marquis-Kyle. Credits Radio New Zealand National – 14 October 2012

Heritage groups to fightback demolition plans

The loss of two more early properties in Grey Lynn and plans to demolish an 1885 wooden cottage in Parnell is prompting a fightback from heritage and community groups this week. Tomorrow a citywide coalition of 22 heritage and residents’ groups will present a “bold plan” to Mayor Len Brown to better protect the city’s […]

Heritage fears rising

KEEPING CHARACTER: Eleven commercial buildings on Victoria Rd have had their heritage status downgraded by the Auckland Council. More than 100 North Shore buildings have lost their heritage protection leaving them open for development, Kaipatiki Local Board member Grant Gillon says. Mr Gillon says recent changes to the district plan heritage schedule leave him suspicious […]

Council votes to step up focus on heritage matters

Auckland Council’s Regional Development and Operations Committee (RDOC) has agreed unanimously on a raft of recommendations to strengthen the focus on built heritage through the planning process. The committee met today to discuss the issue of built heritage. “There is still a lot of work to be done in this area,” said RDOC Chair Ann […]

Lowdown on high-rise

Opposition to high-rise development in Northcote and Birkenhead rang out loud and clear at a public meeting called in response to a leaked council document. Anxiety was evident as residents put their questions to Auckland Council chief planning officer Roger Blakeley who fronted the meeting organised by the Kaipatiki Local Board on January 26. Highbury, […]

It’s high-rise horror

NO WAY: Community opposition would stop high rise apartments replacing heritage houses, Kaipatiki Local Board chairwoman Lindsay Waugh and deputy chairman Nick Kearney say. High rise across Auckland is being touted as a way to solve the region’s housing crisis but massive opposition is expected. Browns Bay, Highbury, Birkenhead and Northcote, including heritage areas, are […]

Demolition man sick of historic destruction

DEMOLITION MAN: Mike Vickers says the near demolition of this heritage home on Arawa Ave in Devonport is part of a growing trend. Mike Vickers is sick of tearing down beautiful North Shore heritage homes. The North Shore Demolition boss says heritage zones in Devonport, Northcote Pt and Birkenhead are being gutted as developers exploit […]