Passchendaele remembered here and overseas

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Passchendaele remembered here and overseas

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Commemorations to mark one of New Zealand’s darkest days will be held in New Zealand and Belgium this month to remember the Battle of Passchendaele.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the commemorative programme reflects on New Zealand’s involvement in the fighting around Passchendaele between 1 and 18 October 1917.

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Radio New Zealand board appointment

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Radio New Zealand board appointment

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced the appointment of experienced Wellington businessman Mike (MOD) O’Donnell to the board of Radio New Zealand.

He replaces Sheena Henderson who retired at the end of her second term.

“Mr O’Donnell has had a career in communications, business establishment and development, and has extensive experience in digital transformation of businesses,” Ms Barry says.

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Funding for historic Christchurch pumphouse buildings

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Funding for historic Christchurch pumphouse buildings

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Christchurch’s historic pumphouse complex of buildings has been awarded $200,000 to help with earthquake strengthening work.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the funding is part of round two of the Heritage EQUIP scheme to support private owners of heritage buildings to get necessary earthquake strengthening work done.

“Heritage buildings are an important part of the character of New Zealand, but the cost of strengthening can be prohibitive and unsustainable for owners,” Ms Barry says.

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Government backs Gisborne’s Lawson Field Theatre

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Government backs Gisborne’s Lawson Field Theatre

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

The Lawson Field Theatre in Gisborne is receiving a capital grant of more than $400,000 towards seismic strengthening.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the Gisborne District Council was forced to close the theatre last October due to its earthquake prone status.

“The theatre is a sought-after venue for local productions and smaller touring performances and has been much missed. This $417,513 grant from the Regional Culture Heritage Fund will help the Council complete pressing seismic strengthening work,” Ms Barry says.

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Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Three of Napier city centre’s art deco and character buildings are to receive more than $180,000 for earthquake strengthening work.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry made the announcements in Napier today and says they’re part of round two of the Heritage EQUIP scheme which was set up in 2016 to support private owners of heritage buildings get necessary earthquake strengthening work done.

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Dean Whiting appointed to NZ Arts Council

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Dean Whiting appointed to NZ Arts Council

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has appointed Wellingtonian Dean Whiting of Te Whanau a Apanui descent to the Arts Council of New Zealand.

“Dean’s significant knowledge of te ao Māori (Māori world view) and Māori arts and heritage make him an ideal person to fulfil the current vacancy on the board,” Ms Barry says.

“Dean has worked in private practice as a Māori Taonga conservator for marae communities and is also a board member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) New Zealand.

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Te Papa Board reappointments announced

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Te Papa Board reappointments announced

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry has announced the reappointment of two current members of Te Papa’s board, Lady Dayle Mace and Paul Majurey, for a further one-year term.

“Both Lady Dayle and Paul Majurey have made valuable contributions to the board and I am delighted they are able to continue their involvement with this outstanding institution,” Ms Barry says.

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Kokako birdsong rings out in Kauri Coast forests

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Kokako birdsong rings out in Kauri Coast forests

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says there’s been a more than thousand percent increase in the number of kokako in Kauri Coast forests since 1990 due to the continued use of 1080 and trapping.

“An aerial 1080 drop in 1990 is credited with saving the kokako from local extinction and its continued use along with trapping has seen the population grow from a low of 5 pair in 1990 to 60 pair today, as well as 29 single kokako,” Ms Barry says.

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Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award winner announced

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award winner announced

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry has announced David Elliot’s book ‘Snark’ as this year’s winner of the New Zealand Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.

“David Elliot, also winner of the Russel Clark Award for illustration, has made an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in this country and the award is much deserved recognition for his captivating compositions,” Ms Barry says.

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Government funding for Auckland’s St James Theatre

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: Government funding for Auckland’s St James Theatre

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Auckland’s historic St James Theatre is receiving $1.5 million in government backing from the Heritage EQUIP fund for privately-owned, earthquake prone buildings.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the money for seismic strengthening work will help secure this special building as a theatre venue for many years to come.

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