Three months to sway CODC over museum move


The News  11 June 2021 Central Otago Heritage Trust chairman David Ritchie has successfully convinced the Central Otago District Council to delay bringing museum management in-house. The district’s museum sector now has three months to convince the council it can work together on a management model to co-ordinate museum activities and collections in the Cromwell, Vincent, Teviot and Maniototo wards. When developing the 2021-31 long-term plan last year, the council suggested it create a new heritage role and manage all museums in-house. The role would be funded by $49,000 in previously allocated council grant funds and part rate-funded at $35,000. At [...]

Three months to sway CODC over museum move2021-06-11T10:28:23+12:00

Digging up mysteries at Drybread – Heritage Central Otago AGM


7pm Tuesday 9 February 2021 Alexandra Community House 14/20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra GUEST SPEAKERS – PRIOR TO AGM BUSINESS Professor Hallie Buckley from Otago University and archaeologist Peter Petchey share their insights from the excavations of unmarked graves at Drybread Cemetery. ALL MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. Please fill in the form below to confirm your attendance, or call Maggie on 0275702485

Digging up mysteries at Drybread – Heritage Central Otago AGM2021-01-25T12:48:53+13:00

CODC to manage heritage


The News, 26 November 2020 The Central Otago District Council is looking to take a greater role in the district’s museums and heritage sectors and that includes Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery. Last week councillors approved a proposal for a new in-house heritage function, including managing the district museums, to be included in the 2021-31 long-term plan process — funded by $49,000 in previously allocated council grant funds and part rate-funded at $35,000. Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said it was important to note the council was putting it to the community for inclusion in the long-term process. ‘‘What we [...]

CODC to manage heritage2020-11-26T18:28:43+13:00

Interviews put oral history on the record


The News, 4 December 2019 Voices of the past will be preserved for the future in a community oral history project. The Central Otago Heritage Trust has been given funding from the Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust to employ Annette Carter as oral history co-­ordinator. Mrs Carter, a former librarian, is helping a group of about 20 volunteers record the stories of Central Otago people. A focus was on people who had lived in the region for a long time but it was not all about elderly people. For example, a young person might talk about the state [...]

Interviews put oral history on the record2020-11-26T14:06:32+13:00

New perspective to Central history


The News, April 3 2019 A word from Central Otago heritage co-ordinator Alice Spiers The recent establishment of an Oral History Working Group in Central Otago brings a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm to the task of recording for posterity the stories, experiences and perspectives of people growing up and working in Central Otago. Oral history is a method of capturing and reflecting personal memories, feelings and recollections of how particular events and everyday life and traditions have affected individuals’ lives. Central Otago Heritage Trust co-ordinator Alice Spiers. PHOTO: PAM JONES For future generations who are curious about “how things [...]

New perspective to Central history2020-11-25T17:58:56+13:00

Trust gains $40K annual grant


Otago Daily Times, 11 June 2018 The Central Otago Heritage Trust was one successful funding recipient in the Central Otago District Council’s 10-year plan. In a submission to the plan, the trust requested $40,000 a year to employ a part-time heritage co-ordinator. At a meeting on Thursday the council resolved to provide the grant for three years, with an annual review to look at performance against the trust’s 2018 strategy and plan. Trust chairman Graye Shattky said he was "extremely pleased". "The council recognised the need ... It recognised that we provide the goods by way of strategy and heritage that [...]

Trust gains $40K annual grant2020-11-25T17:52:08+13:00

Leaders welcome help for heritage buildings


Otago Daily Times, 3 April 2019 Community leaders in Central Otago are embracing a government funding scheme for earthquake-prone historic buildings in the region. Last month, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced changes to the Heritage EQUIP programme which centred around funding incentives for earthquake strengthening of privately-owned heritage buildings. Available grants included up to 67% of seismic upgrade work costs with a maximum grant of $400,000, up to 50% for professional fees with a maximum grant of $50,000 and up to 67% of both professional advice and upgrade works if multiple earthquake-prone buildings were addressed together. [...]

Leaders welcome help for heritage buildings2020-11-25T17:51:31+13:00

Heritage in jeopardy


Otago Daily Times, 19 August 2017 Central Otago heritage sites will be in jeopardy unless changes are made to the district’s governing heritage trust, its members say. Central Otago Heritage Trust chairman Graye Shattky is trying to improve the authority and resources of the trust, which connects about 12 heritage groups throughout the district. An agreement needed to be reached by member groups to give the trust the authority to act more efficiently and effectively, he said. "I’ve recently moved into Alexandra after living further up the valley and just walking all around the outskirts and outlying areas I keep stumbling [...]

Heritage in jeopardy2020-11-25T18:04:59+13:00

Trust to protect Central heritage


Otago Daily Times, 1 December 2008 A trust has been formed to serve as an umbrella group for organisations and individuals with an interest in Central Otago's heritage. The Central Otago Heritage Trust deed was signed yesterday by trustees Graye Shattky, Mike Floate and Brian Patrick and witnessed by Central Otago Mayor Malcolm Macpherson. ‘‘It's been a long process to this end and it's an auspicious day,'' Dr Macpherson said. Trust chairman Mr Shattky said the heritage working party, set up at the invitation of Central Otago District Council a few years ago, would now be dissolved. The trust's role is [...]

Trust to protect Central heritage2020-11-25T18:11:36+13:00
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