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'Lower Hutt Becomes a City' Writes New Zealand

'Lower Hutt Becomes a City' Writes New Zealand

The proclamation of Lower Hutt’s city status on the 1st of February 1941 was reported with jubilation in newspapers across the country. Eloquent phrasings in newspapers captured the city’s coming of age in the stereotypical grand fashion of the time.

We dug through Papers Past to trace how the news spread across the country and uncovered some inspired descriptions about the city’s milestone.


David Batchelor - Director, Wellington Heritage Week

HPA Oculus September Issue 2021

HPA Oculus September Issue 2021

Read the September 2021 issue of Historic Places Aotearoa’s Oculus newsletter.

Featuring a substantive piece on the various heritage festivals around the country, including Wellington Heritage Week 2021!

The newsletter also features updates on Historic Places Aotearoa’s work around the country advocating for heritage.

Historic Places Aotearoa (HPA) aims to be the lead non-statutory, independent national voice for heritage. It consists of various member organisations across the country - Historic Places Wellington is the organisation for the Wellington region.


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Festival Itinerary: Living and Learning in the City

Festival Itinerary: Living and Learning in the City

Beers, bells, books, and murder are on offer in this festival itinerary! Get involved in Wellington City’s social and cultural heritage by booking yourself on these events throughout the week.

Keep an eye out for the well-timed Murder & Mayhem tour of Karori Cemetery on Halloween Sunday 31st of October!

Some events require booking so check each event listing and get in early!


Millie Burton & Brittany Jacobsen, Premium Experience Team

Festival Itinerary: Out in the Region

Festival Itinerary: Out in the Region

Grab this ‘Out in the Region’ itinerary for your guide to events beyond Wellington City for Wellington Heritage Week 2021.

It is packed with events throughout the week that showcase the flavour of Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua, and the Kāpiti Coast.

Some events require booking so check each event listing and get in early!


Millie Burton & Brittany Jacobsen, Premium Experience Team

Meet the Team Behind the Festival

Meet the Team Behind the Festival

A team of six volunteers are the busy hands behind Wellington Heritage Week 2021. Their roles are to curate and promote the festival’s programme, support event hosts with building their events, and administer the festival’s day to day tasks.

Read this blog post to get to know the team behind Wellington Heritage Week 2021.


David Batchelor - Director, Wellington Heritage Week

A History of Queuing in Wellington

A History of Queuing in Wellington

Queuing comes naturally to New Zealanders. Our love affair with orderly lines outside cafes, ticket booths, and at the Bunnings’ sausage sizzle speaks to our penchant for fairness. With these lines appearing at our supermarkets under lockdown, let’s understand more about this custom and look back on queues through Wellington’s history for inspiration to continue with this patriotic pastime.


David Batchelor - Director, Wellington Heritage Week

Wellington: an active earthquake engineering laboratory

Wellington: an active earthquake engineering laboratory

Earthquakes may be a way of life for Wellingtonians, but the city has been home to cutting edge engineering developments since the 1960s that have helped keep us safe.

So here are four buildings that stand out as globally significant seismic engineering designs – with the wider public that see them every day largely unaware of their significance.


Matthew Plummer, Associate (Buildings) at Beca

News & Events 22/07/21

News & Events 22/07/21

Read the latest heritage news and events in the Wellington Region!


Clémence Galot - Festival Coordinator, Wellington Heritage Week

The Only Living Lady Parachutist

The Only Living Lady Parachutist

Catherine Clarke recently published The Only Living Lady Parachutist, a novel based on Leila Adair, a woman who jumped from hot air balloons for a living.

Here the author shares snippets from Adair’s life as she toured in the Wellington region in the 1890s.


Catherine Clarke - Novelist

Museum Notebook: My journey to the depths

Museum Notebook: My journey to the depths

Starting an internship at a museum is an exciting prospect.

There’s a chance to explore the depths of a collection that spans thousands of years and every continent. The chance to get to know and learn from museum professionals. The chance to gain some insight about how a museum fits into its community and what it does for that community.

What I did not expect was to be confronted by a forest of coral.


Henry Buckenham - Festival Coordinator, Wellington Heritage Week

News & Events 07/07/21

News & Events 07/07/21

Read the latest heritage news and events in the Wellington Region!


Clémence Galot - Festival Coordinator, Wellington Heritage Week

Students Reimagining Unique Experiences for Wellington Heritage Week

Students Reimagining Unique Experiences for Wellington Heritage Week

As the Premium Experience Team for Wellington Heritage Week, Brittany Jacobsen and Millie Burton are reimagining heritage experiences for the annual festival.

They are pursuing a Master of Museum and Heritage Practice at Victoria University of Wellington and found their placement with Wellington Heritage Week this month. As part of their placement, Brittany and Millie surveyed the region for event hosts who offer unique experiences.


David Batchelor - Director, Wellington Heritage Week

News & Events 09/06/21

News & Events 09/06/21

Read the latest heritage news and events in the Wellington Region!


Clémence Galot - Festival Coordinator, Wellington Heritage Week

Wellington Heritage Week is back for 2021

Wellington Heritage Week is back for 2021

Wellington Heritage Week is back for 2021, and individuals, organisations, and businesses are encouraged to register and apply to host events.

Happening from 25 to 31 October, the festival celebrates the region’s people, places, and stories. Each event host contributes their perspective on the region’s rich cultural narrative. Festival Coordinator Henry Buckenham says that “applications are flowing in that tell natural, social, architectural and all sorts of histories”.


Clémence Galot - Festival Coordinator, Wellington Heritage Week

Celebrating Wellington's unique cultural heritage

Celebrating Wellington's unique cultural heritage

It’s 1979 and outside Upper Hutt City Library, a staffer hands their child into the arms of “The Greatest” – Muhammad Ali.

The world’s heavyweight boxing champion lifts 2-year-old Jason Tarawhiti to his cheek for a hug and a photograph is taken. Television crews are everywhere. Having won the title five months prior, Ali was in the city simply because Heretaunga-based coach Alan Scaife had invited him.


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Take a tour of the French ambassador's renovated residence in Wellington

Take a tour of the French ambassador's renovated residence in Wellington

When French ambassador Sylvaine Carta-Le Vert arrived in Thorndon in 2018, her new home was “a lovely surprise”.

The 119-year-old villa, in the coveted Wellington suburb, has been French ambassadors’ deuxieme chez-soi, their home from home, since 1999, but it had been just been refurbished by her predecessor in a blend of contemporary French style and vintage colonial detailing.


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