Come and support us as we make a last ditch effort to protect Auckland's character

Character Coalition

Character Counts

Our Big Moment Has Arrived!

All the hard work that we have put in to protect Auckland's character and heritage over the last nearly four years will be put to the test next Tuesday. We will be presenting our case on Topics 29 Special Character and 30 the Pre-1944 Overlay to the Independent Hearings Panel.

We believe we have a very strong case and have put together a great team.

Alex Dempsey will lead off by describing the Character Coalition, who we are and what we stand for. She will outline in very clear terms what Auckland stands to lose if unfettered development is permitted as is being called for by the development lobby.

Next up will be our overseas expert Malcolm Middleton who is the Queensland Chief Architect and was one of the instigators of the protections that Brisbane has enjoyed for the last 20 odd years. He is coming over to New Zealand especially to give evidence. We are so lucky to have him!

A very important part of our case will be the testimony of five local groups from New Lynn, the North Shore, Pukekohe, Remuera and St Heliers. They will talk about issues in their suburbs that illustrate some of our important points.

Our team also includes Angus McKenzie a planning expert and Jennifer Hayman who will speak about heritage. Our Legal Counsel is Rob Enright who until recently was a member of the Heritage Advisory Panel. It is a formidable team and I am sure they will make us proud.

Can you join us on Tuesday? 

The audience at the hearings usually consists of submitters and their lawyers. It would be great to have community members from all over Auckland there to demonstrate to the Panel that we really care about our city and its future.

The Hearings are held at 205 Queen Street Tower One on Level 16. You can find a map here

The session starts at 9.30am and the CC is third on the list:

Howick Ratepayers and Residents Assoc. Inc.
Cockle Bay Residents and Ratepayers Assoc. Inc.
The Character Coalition

These are open sessions so anyone can attend. It would be so great to have your support after all these months of work.

I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.







This WW1 memorial church, situated on Khyber Pass, Grafton, and built in 1927 has been closed since late 2014 and needs earthquake strengthening.

Friends of St David’s, a group with a mission to stop demolition, to fundraise and restore the church, and to ensure it has an on-going community use, has been formed.

See their website here.

For three months from the eve of Anzac Day 2015 there is a free public art installation on the church’s exterior titled The Art of Remembrance.

Internationally acclaimed artist Max Gimblett has created a solid brass quatrefoil to represent each kiwi soldier that served in WW1. These individually hand-screenprinted artworks are a stunning and permanent pledge to Remember Them, and can be bought to fundraise for the church’s future.

See link here for more information and go to Past Events for details of the opening event.

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