Disappearing heritage #Dunedin

Updated post 29.7.13

### DScene 27-7-11 (page 7)
Too many historic icons being destroyed or neglected
By Owen Graham
OPINION Now that [Carisbrook] is no longer required, its owner – the Dunedin City Council – is looking to offer the site for a suitable redevelopment. As part of the exercise, council is making clear to interested parties that a few of the last remnants of the historic grounds’ past ought to be retained for incorporation into future developments. The Exchange area of Dunedin today offers one of the best opportunities for revitalisation yet it is a very confused place . . . nearby, up High St and Rattray St, there are active attempts to remove all traces of the past, be it through active demolition or neglect by intent.
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DScene 27.7.11 (page 7) Owen Graham NZHPT

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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10 responses to “Disappearing heritage #Dunedin

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ch9.co.nz August 4, 2011 – 7:22pm
    Carisbrook Last Days
    As one grand venue begins to open in Dunedin, another one is winding down after a long and colourful history. Carisbrook has been the home of Otago sport for over a century, and this weekend will see the last official match played at the ground.

    • Elizabeth

      In 2008, New Zealand Historic Places Trust on Carisbrook, South Dunedin…

      Carisbrook: NZHPT register entry (2008)

      Carisbrook: Full registration report (2008)

      On 26 September 2008 the NZHPT Board approved Category I registration status for Carisbrook, reflecting the special or outstanding historical and cultural heritage significance and value of the place.

      In a press release, the trust’s Otago/Southland area manager Owen Graham said the registration underlined the importance the site had in Dunedin’s heritage.

      “Carisbrook has worldwide recognition as a sporting venue. When you mention Carisbrook to people around the world the immediate link to Dunedin is made. It’s as much a part of our city as the university, the statue of Robbie Burns, and the magnificent railway station.”

      “The registration has a lot to do with the physicality of the place and significance of the place to people.”

      Mr Graham said, “The Otago Rugby Football Union’s submission – as Carisbrook’s owner – on the registration explained it well by saying they ‘could not dispute its significance in New Zealand sports history and the role that plays in the identity of New Zealanders’.”

      “Although the needs and pressures facing Carisbrook’s owner might result in change to its existing use, it is important to the community that Carisbrook’s character is retained for the benefit of generations to come.”

      The trust believes alternative redevelopment options such as creating a public reserve area merit full discussion.

      The registration does not provide protection for the international sports ground. Protection comes when local authorities take the lead and list registered buildings on their district plans.

      Dunedin City Council has declared it is firmly opposed to [District Plan] scheduling of Carisbrook as it would be likely to “curtail future redevelopment opportunities at the site”.

      • Elizabeth

        ### ch9.co.nz August 11, 2011 – 6:54pm
        What now will become of Carisbrook?
        Now that the last game has been played at Carisbrook – what will become of its future? The Dunedin City Council have recently made plans to sell the grounds, which are zoned as an industrial property.

  2. ### ch9.co.nz July 29, 2013 – 7:19pm
    Leadlight solution will preserve history
    A problem which has been endemic at Dunedin’s Victorian railway station since it was built, has finally been solved. And barring some type of natural disaster, the solution will preserve history, in perpetuity.

    • ### ODT Online Tue, 30 Jul 2013
      Much-photographed railway station window restored
      By Eileen Goodwin
      A three-piece stained glass window set in the Dunedin Railway Station has been encased in toughened glass following a careful restoration. The much-photographed east-facing window depicting a steam train is popular with tourists, many of whom leant on it. Gradually bowed and damaged from tourist traffic, the windows also bore the legacy of a poor repair job, Dunedin stained glass artist Kevin Casey said.
      Mr Casey carried out the 200-hour, $24,000 restoration. It was satisfying to see the windows back in place after the ”extremely difficult” project. The windows were removed at the start of May, and put back a couple of weeks ago.
      Made by Smith and Smith Ltd in 1906, they had had an ”awful” repair job at some point – just when was unclear. The original windows had not been correctly installed, which caused damage. A subsequent repair involved fitting many ill-suited pieces of glass.
      Read more

  3. Elizabeth

    The reality of the situation, however, was the building would probably be demolished, unless somebody came up with $1 million.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 1 Apr 2015
    Writ final effort to save building
    By David Loughrey
    A holy writ nailed to the door of the Andersons Bay Presbyterian Church is a last-chance effort to save the historic building, but its parish has voted to dissolve, and the church says it is expected the building will be demolished. The Otago Peninsula parish agreed at the weekend to dissolve, ending 150 years of history since the Rev Thomas Burns conducted the inaugural service in the first church building on the Silverton St site.
    But two men who attended the meeting say they plan to fight the decision to demolish the church, and they took that message to Silverton St yesterday.
    Read more


    Presbutton Synod, Rrrrr

    ### dunedintv.co.nz April 8, 2015 – 6:46pm
    Andersons Bay church faces demolition
    The large Presbyterian church in Andersons Bay will most likely be demolished, despite attempts to save the building.

  4. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 30 Aug 2015
    Church’s future still in limbo
    By David Beck – The Star
    The Andersons Bay Presbyterian Church building has not been used since April and its future is still up in the air. […] Southern Presbytery executive officer Alan Judge said a management committee was taking care of the building, in terms of paying rates and bills, but no long-term discussions had been held.
    Read more

    • Elizabeth

      ### dunedintv.co.nz Tue, 19 Jan 2016
      Hundreds sign petition to save historic church
      A local woman’s petition to save a historic Dunedin church from demolition is receiving hundreds of signatures. The Andersons Bay Presbyterian church is closed, while its owners ponder the viability of undertaking necessary earthquake strengthening. The Silverton Street church dates back to 1914, when the first service was held in the building. Parishioner numbers have been dwindling and repairs are considered too costly. But one Dunedin resident has launched a public petition to save the historic facility. Her efforts have already been supported by hundreds of people, who’ve signed the petition at the central city library. The document is due to be sent to the Southern Presbytery in coming months.
      Ch39 + Video

    • Young D Beck and odt headliner talk of ‘Limbo’! I beg your pardon? The Kirk Presbyter doesnt do Limbo. Nor do they do purgatory or heck. You want that sort of behaviour, get ye to Rattray Street top end.

  5. Elizabeth


    Colin and Pat Harvey have owned the farm since 1989, and Mrs Harvey felt “quite sad” the building had been lost, given its historical significance.

    But did NOTHING to stabilise the structure or seek assistance (which is available) – NOTE.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 10 Nov 2015
    Winds bring down historic building
    By John Gibb
    High winds have brought down a striking dome-shaped pavilion near Taieri Mouth, which is believed to be the last surviving building from a world’s fair held in Dunedin in 1889-90. The building, at Kuri Bush, near the intersection of Taieri Mouth Rd and Dicksons Rd, had long been used as a hay barn on a farm previously owned by three generations of the Geeves family.
    Read more

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