Wellington | Winter Series Part 3 | A Love Affair

5:30pm Wednesday, 18 September 2019
7:30pm Wednesday, 18 September 2019
96 The Terrace
Wellington, Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Why do we love our heritage buildings and what do they mean for Wellington’s identity as the capital city?

Is it easier to restore them or safer to remove them? Why is there a passion for old buildings and maintaining their place in our Iconic city landscapes? In a time of growth and resilience how do these buildings withstand the pressures?

Join us as we hear from Hon Grant Robertson and experienced local heritage property experts as they discuss the challenges faced with preserving the heritage and history of Wellington. From the Old Public Trust Building and Press Hall Precinct through to the War Memorial Park and even the Beehive, what is the future heartbeat of Wellington’s architectural landscape?

Find out more from this panel of leading experts as they discuss:

  • Viability of heritage buildings in a time of growth and change
  • What defines a heritage building and the importance of our historical identity
  • Solutions to meet structural and economic criteria.

Following the discussion, please join us for networking refreshments courtesy of event sponsor McKee Fehl.

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Hon Grant Robinson

Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage

Grant Robertson was born in Palmerston North and lived in Hastings before his family settled in Dunedin. He studied politics at Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1995. At university he was the President of the Otago University Students Association and became Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association.

Grant joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1997 where he managed the New Zealand Overseas Aid Programme to Samoa. He was then posted to the United Nations in New York, working on global environment and development issues.

On his return to New Zealand, Grant became an advisor to former Prime Minister Helen Clark. Following this, he took a business development role with the University of Otago, working with researchers, investors and businesses to develop and commercialise the university’s world-leading research.

Grant’s belief in social justice and a desire to see every New Zealander achieve their potential led him to politics, and he has been the Member of Parliament for Wellington Central since November 2008. In Opposition, Grant held a range of portfolios, including Finance from 2014 to 2017.

After the 2017 election, Grant was appointed Minister of Finance, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. In 2019 he was also appointed Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission.

He met his partner Alf in 1998 playing rugby and their family now includes four grandchildren. In 2009 they were joined in a civil union.


Anna Harley

City Design and Place Planning Manager

Anna is the City Design and Place Planning Manager at Wellington City Council. With a background as an Urban Designer Anna has a passion for cities and creating good outcomes for communities. Her experience brings together architecture, public space delivery, transport strategy and planning, heritage and place planning.


Maurice Clark

Managing Director, McKee Fehl

A well-respected pioneer within the Wellington property and construction industry, Maurice is the Owner and Managing Director of McKee Fehl Constructors and Cheops Holdings Limited. He brings 50 years experience spearheading complex and innovative projects across a variety of fields including large-scale redevelopments and significant seismic and heritage upgrades.

Maurice’s work continues to result in outstanding benefits for Wellington and will stand as an enduring testament and legacy to his exceptional and long-term commitment to the city’s growth and development.

In 2016 Maurice was formally made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to Heritage Preservation and the New Zealand Construction Industry. Maurice is a member of the assessment panel for the Heritage-EQUIP fund.


Win Clark

Fellow and Life Member of New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering

Win Clark is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. He has practiced as a structural engineer for 50-years, firstly with the Ministry of Works and Development, then from 1986 in a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. With respect to structural engineering for heritage buildings, Win was responsible in 1980 for the technical design and construction of new foundations for the Government Wooden Building, Lambton Quay, Wellington. From that experience Win developed an interest in the structural performance of older building construction and their response to earthquake effects. This led to many projects involving the assessment and structural strengthening of unreinforced brick and stone masonry buildings, as well as timber frame buildings. Following the 4 September 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake, Win was requested by New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga) to provide structural engineering support for the staff in their Christchurch office. The engagement continued through the period of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence following the 22 February 2011 Lyttelton Earthquake, with advice on structure matters continuing to be requested and provided. This engagement proved to be a very stimulating experience with the assessment of damaged heritage buildings and working with owners, and others, to identify appropriate repair and strengthening solutions. Win continues to practice as a structural engineer in his own consultancy, particularly providing building assessments, retrofit design, and advise on structural matters for heritage buildings. A current project is the structural strengthening of Ashleigh Court, Newtown, Wellington; a Category 1 Heritage Place, that is a three storey unreinforced brick masonry building containing retail at the ground level and apartments in the upper floors.

Win is a member of the assessment panel for the Heritage-EQUIP fund, a Fellow and life Member of New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering


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Nicole Ramage

Wellington Branch Manager

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Event Timings

Panel discussion 5:45pm


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