Don't miss an important heritage event on March 10th

Character Coalition

Character Counts

Happy New Year

I hope 2015 has started well for you. As we enter our fourth year of the Coalition's involvement with the Unitary Plan I wanted to alert you to a very interesting and relevant event coming up and to update you on progress with the Independent Hearings Panel. This is a daunting process but we are making headway and doing everything we can on your behalf to protect the character and heritage of Auckland.

Important Event 10th March

Auckland Conversations
n association with Civic Trust Auckland  

Heritage Preservation and the Economic Benefits to Auckland

Donovan Rypkema - PlaceEconomics, Washington DC 

Donovan Rypkema is president of Heritage Strategies International, a firm which works at the nexus of heritage conservation and economics to provide catalytic information to public and NGO clients. Donovan has worked with communities in 49 US States and more than 45 countries.
Donovan last visited New Zealand in November 2010 as the guest of the then New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Click here to read more about him.

Within the context of the Auckland Unitary Plan, Donovan will share his experience and understanding of the issues and opportunities around the adaptive reuse of heritage, and address such matters as seismic strengthening and the incentives for heritage preservation.

Donovan's book, The Economics of Historic Preservation:
A Community Leader’s Guide, is now in its third edition and is widely used by practitioners around the world. 


Tuesday 10th March


The Maritime Room - Maritime Museum
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 


5.00 pm doors open (networking)
5.30 pm presentation
7.00 pm close 

Click here to register online
Funds Needed
As you can see from the Hearings Panel update we have a range of people working on our cause. Some are generously giving their time but others do need to be paid. This work is for the benefit of all of Auckland so I urge you to support us.

Our account number is ANZ: 06 0541 0313384 00 or cheques can be sent to PO Box 25971 St Heliers

Please help the fight for a better Auckland.





During January we participated in Topic 10 Historic Heritage and Special Character. You can read our evidence here and in February in Topic 13 Urban Growth where we challenged the Council's evidence that the city will grow by a million people. We presented evidence from a leading demographer, Professor Richard Bedford that refutes that number. He has subsequently been invited to a mediation session to discuss this further with the panel. You can read the evidence here.

Our Counsel Kitt Littlejohn presented our legal submission which you can read here

Here is one of the important points we made:

"As noted, the Coalition does not oppose the strategic policy of limiting the peripheral expansion of the city and the desirability of creating a more compact urban form over time. But it considers that the critical factor driving the proposed extent of residential up-zoning, namely the spectre of significant population growth over the next 30 years, has not been soundly analysed. Instead, population growth of another 1 million people has simply been adopted from the Auckland Plan and assumed for all purposes as a fact." 

We are now preparing for Topics 29/30/31. These are arguably the most important of the process for the Coalition where we will argue the case for special character and defend the pre-1944 overlay. We are extremely fortunate to have Malcolm Middleton, the Queensland Government Architect coming to give evidence for us and  have several other great experts lined up to speak about the value of heritage and special character.

While it will be a year or more before we know if our efforts have paid off for character and heritage, the Character Coalition has been fully engaged with the Unitary Plan process from the beginning and we will know we have done our best for a better Auckland.

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