Posts Tagged ‘Heritage Buildings’

Euphrasie House demolition ‘not that far off’

Friday, February 10th, 2017

There’s still no fixed date for the demolition of Hamilton’s Euphrasie House, and politicians are taking other options to the church. The Catholic Diocese got the green light to bowl the 1939 convent and hostel in a 2014 Environment Court decision, and a passionate group of locals has been trying to save it since then. Read more

Historic Waihi church with $1 reserve sells for $11k

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A 110-year-old Waihi church up for sale with a $1 reserve has sold to the highest bidder online. The St James Presbyterian Church building was listed for sale on Trade Me. The auction closed shortly after 11am when the church sold for $11,100 from a total of 115 bids. The church, made of heart rimu, Read more

Spanish-mission-style Euphrasie House goes but chapel remains

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The long running battle to save the 1936 Spanish-mission-style convent and hostel Euphrasie House has has come to an end. The building could be demolished by the end of the year. However, an adjoining building, St Mary’s Chapel, will be preserved and strengthen. The chapel was built for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Read more

Erskine College $30m housing project gets thumbs up from Island Bay residents

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The $30m development of Erskine College has drawn a mainly positive response from about 100 people at an Island Bay Residents’ Association meeting. Island Residents association president Vicki Greco said people were generally happy with the design and the chapel restoration while concerns around stress on schools and infrastructure were seen as surmountable. Continue reading Related Posts:Record new NZ residents; British Read more

New proposed Erskine development: what’s changed since 1992?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Another plan has been put forward to earthquake strengthen and restore the chapel of the Sacred Heart in Island Bay Wellington. The plan is part of a  proposed $30 million 94-townhouse development. Councillor Andy Foster, chairman of the transport and urban development committee, said early estimates that put the costs of the houses between $500,000 Read more

Cathedral – “Great announcements and then nothing”

Friday, July 8th, 2016

After five years of dereliction, legal spats and uncertainty, the Government has appointed a working party to consider options for the ChristChurch Cathedral. Prior to this announcement Ernest Duval was reported as saying,”Christchurch is an oddball place. The heavens open and there are these great announcements and then there is nothing. It is like the cone of silence Read more

New roof for Dunedin’s Dominican Priory

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Almost half a million dollars of funding has allowed plans for a new roof for Dunedin’s Dominican Priory to go ahead. The money is coming from the Lottery Grants Board’s World War One commemorations environment and heritage committee. Work on the historic building is expected to start this summer. The news has brought joy to Read more

Heritage buildings from another era a problem for living faith communities

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Hamilton Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman says the pending loss of the presbytery beside Hamilton’s Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is sad news for Hamilton East as the building was a “fantastic link” to another era. The situation in Hamilton raises an issue that is becoming a problem for church communities throughout New Zealand – Read more

Wellington’s Old St Paul’s church to mark 150th anniversary

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

A jewel in the capital’s architectural crown is set to celebrate two anniversaries this weekend. Old St Paul’s church will mark 150 years since its consecration, as well as the 50th anniversary since being bought by the Holyoake government. Continue reading Related Posts:Pope Francis congratulates retired former Pope BenedictPeace, unity and love mark terror attack Read more

All heritage churches in Christchurch dicocese can be saved

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The Christchurch Catholic diocese is confident it can save all of its earthquake-damaged heritage churches in Canterbury. The Christchurch diocese has 13 heritage churches in Canterbury and Westland closed because of earthquake damage. The diocese believed the churches in Rangiora and Pleasant Point were beyond repair, but after advice from international architectural expert James McCrery, Read more