A visit to Auckland
My interview on Radio New Zealand stirred the Auckland Council to ask me to come and talk about the experience of protecting the character of residential areas in Brisbane. Through the whole of Monday and half of Tuesday I had a queue of meetings and presentations. My visit made some ripples in the press—here is a selection:
The most supportive piece was a press release from the Character Coalition, an umbrella group of amenity societies, picked up by the on-line scoop.co.nz—‘Brisbane heritage expert champions Character Coalition ideas’.
The New Zealand Herald’s Brian Rudman was keen too—‘Heritage move a breath of fresh air’, but the paper’s editorial line was negative—‘City’s blanket ban on razing old homes a step too far’.
The Aucklander ran this story—‘Council eyes house demolition ban’.
At the other end of the country, the Otago Daily Times picked up the story—‘Council ponders house demolition plan’.
Update 10 December 2012: The Auckland Council has made an announcement—‘Fresh approach to protecting heritage’.