Auckland Heritage Festival 2018

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The Festival is now over for 2018.   Be sure to check back in the new year for details of our 2019 programme.

 

2018 Events (now closed)

GUIDED TOURS & WALKS

Leys Institute Building1, 2017, Everall Deans

Guided Tour of Leys Institute Building and Photo Exhibition 

The Leys Institute is an impressive building that has played a significant role in Ponsonby’s history.
Join this guided tour and discover more about its history including the founders and the people and communities that have used the building. The tour covers the lecture hall, library, gymnasium and basement area..

You can book your place online below, in-person at Leys Institute Library or phone Leys on  09 377 0209.

Dates:
Wed 3 Oct, 2pm-3pm
Sat 6 Oct, 1pm-2pm
Wed 10 Oct, 2pm-3pm
Sat 13 Oct, 1pm-2pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings preferred.

Allendale House , 2018, Everall Deans

Allendale House Guided Tour  [All Tour Dates Fully Booked]

Peter Reed from Salmond Architects oversaw the major restoration of Allendale, which he completed in 2013.

Peter Reed

Peter leads a guided tour of this magnificent building and shares stories about the diverse people and cultures that once occupied it.

Erected in the early 1890s, this magnificent home had become a boarding house by the turn of the 20th century.
Over the years it has also been a doctor’s surgery, hostel for Māori girls, refuge for alcoholic men and a restaurant.

Today it is the home of Foundation North and remains a prominent landmark in Ponsonby Road.

Note that disability access and toilets are only available on the ground floor.

Dates:
Tue 2 Oct, 10.00am – 11.00am  |  Thu 4 Oct, 10.00am – 11.00am
Tue 9 Oct 10.00am – 11.00am   |  Thu 11 Oct 11.00am – 12.00pm (Later start time)
Allendale House, 50 Ponsonby Road

Bookings essential

Old Post Office 3, 2017, Everall Deans

Guided Heritage Walk of Ponsonby 

Ponsonby is one of Auckland’s earliest and most vibrant inner-city neighbourhoods. It has been home to actors and musicians, lawyers, All Blacks, poets, playwrights, politicians, romantics and revolutionaries, bishops and brothels.

The suburb’s unique heritage, as well as its bars, bistros, coffee houses, fashion boutiques and galleries, create a rich flavour.

Join Architectural designer and historian Edward Bennett as he leads you through the streets, recounting some of the stories associated with the local people, places and architecture.

Dates:
Sat 29 Sep, 10am-noon  [Fully booked]
Sat 13 Oct, 10am-noon
Meet outside the old Ponsonby Post Office, 1-3 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

Pasifika Siva

Pasifika Guided Walk with Siva Dancing 

Join Samoan Pasifika street historians the Pua Brothers for a stroll along Ponsonby Road and learn about the area Pasifika style!

This lively guided walk will honour the Pacific urban history of Ponsonby with Pacific Music and Siva dancing.

Hear about Pacific urban migration, working-class ethnic neighbourhoods, dawn raids on overstayers, the Springbok Tour protest, Bastion Point, Polynesian Panthers, feminists, gay lesbian fa’afafine communities of hope, Pacific urban church history, schools of education, sports of the working classto street theatre, and Sione’s Wedding (the movie).
This is a great event on the last day of the Heritage Festival!

Sun 14 Oct, 11am -12.30pm
Meet inside Studio One Toi Tū , 1 Ponsonby Road

Bookings essential

Mellissa Fergusson
Mellissa Fergusson

Audio Walking Heritage Tour of Ponsonby Road 

Wander the streets of Ponsonby while listening to a guided audio history with storyteller Melissa Fergusson.
The recording includes additional insights and contribution from Ponsonby historian Gerry Hill.

It’s a great way to gain some historical insight and cool snippets of information about the people, bygone businesses, stories and history of the buildings on Auckland’s famous Strip.

The walk starts at Bishop Pompallier Reserve in Redmond St and goes south along Ponsonby Road, branching out into residential streets on either side.

Get out and about and enjoy Ponsonby.  Walk solo or with a group of friends.

You can download the audio walk as an MP3 file and play it on your mobile device.

Norelle and Trish - Bishops Palace - 2017 - Everall Deans 2

Bishop’s Palace Guided Tour  [FULLY BOOKED]

A rare opportunity to walk inside one of Auckland’s secret gems – the 1896 Bishop’s Palace, which has served as the home of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland for over 120 years.

This imposing residence is one of the country’s largest buildings intact from the Victorian era. It was one of Auckland’s first houses lit by electricity, and still has its original porcelain toilets.

Hear about the key people associated with its history, including British architect Peter Paul Pugin, Bishop John Luck, who introduced new buildings on the site, and Bishop Liston, who revitalised the diocese.

The Bishop’s House is registered as a Category 1 historic building, identifying it as a place of outstanding heritage significance.

Date & Times:
Thur 4 Oct , 11am-12.30pm
Thur 4 Oct, 2pm-3.30pm

Bookings essential (Venue address disclosed on booking).

Lisa and Andre3

Taste Ponsonby History

There is more to Ponsonby’s history than cappuccinos. Join food writer André Taber and chef and local food-lover Lisa Loveday on this guided tour and discover some of the migrants from all over the world who made the suburb what it is today.  Includes afternoon tea at a local eatery.

From Chinese fruiterers, Dalmatian fishmongers and Canadian coffee roasters to English shopkeepers and chefs, they started feeding the vibrant working-class and immigrant community and turned the Strip into the premium restaurant destination it is today. The treasured heritage buildings of Three Lamps hosted fascinating food businesses.

Cost: $25

Dates:
Sunday 7 October from 1.30pm
Saturday 13 October from 1.30 pm

Bookings essential.

HERITAGE TALKS

Pasifika

Pasifika Wave

The charismatic Pua brothers take you on a fascinating journey through Ponsonby’s Pacific past, introducing an array of colourful characters and events and the role they played in shaping the area.

Told through poetry, live music and media, the presentation includes music videos, short films, live music, comedy, poetry performances and storytelling.

Hear about Pacific urban migration, working-class ethnic neighbourhoods, dawn raids on overstayers, the 81 Springbok Tour protest, Bastion Point, Polynesian Panthers, feminists, gay lesbian fa’afafine communities of hope, Pacific urban church history, sports of the working class, to street theatres and Sione’s Wedding (the movie).

It’s an opportunity to experience intergenerational Aiga artists exploring Ponsonby and its people in old and new waves.

Sat 29 Sep 12pm-1.30pm
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road

Bookings essential

13-2150, 1930s, Walsh Memorial Library, MOTAT
13-2150, 1930s, Walsh Memorial Library, MOTAT

Going to the Flicks: Picture Palaces and Bughouses  [Fully Booked]

Brian McDonnell’s illustrated talk will take you back to the days before television, when Auckland had more than 50 movie theatres, and we all grandly went into town for the latest films or attended the weekly Saturday matinee at our local suburban bughouse.

Learn about the diverse cultures that pioneered cinema in Auckland – such as the Lebanese Moodabe family, whose Amalgamated Theatres has been a hugely important company.

A feast of architectural images.

Thu 11 Oct, 6.30pm –8.00pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

Shakespeare Hotel, 2017, Brian McDonnell

From the ‘6 O’Clock Swill’ to Quiz Night : Auckland’s Treasured Old Pubs [Fully Booked]

It’s over 50 years since the legendary ‘6 o’clock swill’ ended for Auckland pub-goers.

Brian McDonnell presents an illustrated talk that celebrates the rich heritage of pubs in the central city and inner suburbs, some still standing and some long gone but not forgotten.

Hear about the Irish-Catholic architectural family business of Mahoney and Son, who designed many of the old Victorian pubs in Auckland, and the Jewish Myers family, noted pioneers of brewing.

Thu 4 Oct, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

Gerry Hill - 2018 - Everall Deans

Gerry Hill’s Memories of Ponsonby  

From hotelier to historian, Gerry Hill is one of the most recognisable faces in Ponsonby.
Join him for an evening of reminiscing as he shares stories of Ponsonby and the people who made the area what it is today.

Stay afterwards for a slice of pizza on us.

Wed 10 Oct, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Gusto Italiano Restaurant
263 Ponsonby Rd

Bookings essential

Edward Bennett
Edward Bennett

Inside the Victorian Villa 

This is one of a series of talks about Ponsonby architecture and design..

Edward Bennett gives a fascinating photo lecture on Victorian domestic architecture and interior decoration, revealing the social and cultural lives of the people who lived in them.

Tue 9 Oct, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

Edward Bennett, 2018, taken by Everall Deans

Design of Victorian Houses [Fully Booked]

This is one of a series of talks about Ponsonby architecture and design.

Architectural designer and historian Edward Bennett discusses the design of Victorian houses. The social, cultural and technological factors that shaped their design, and their impact on the everyday homelife of people during the Victorian era.

Tue 2 Oct, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

Victorian Gardens )

Victorian Gardens

This is one of a series of talks about Ponsonby architecture and design.

Architectural designer and historian Edward Bennett discusses Victorian domestic gardens and how they expressed people’s values and beliefs at the time.

The presentation looks at influential gardeners and the growth of public gardens and green spaces during the Victorian era.

Wed 3 Oct, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

20thCentury

20th-Century Gardens

This is one of a series of talks about Ponsonby architecture and design.

Architectural designer and historian Edward Bennett gives an illustrated talk on post-Victorian gardens.
Learn about the changing trends in garden design and landscaping, and the pioneering designers of the early 20th century..

Wed 10 Oct, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road

Bookings essential

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