Dunedin City Council policy planner heritage Glen Hazelton,
pictured at the recently restored Dunedin Gasworks Museum
yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Heritage-led regeneration in Dunedin is well under way,
and Dunedin City Council heritage policy planner Glen Hazelton
is positive about the future.
Dr Hazelton yesterday gave a talk about ''Collaborating on a
regeneration cookbook'', on the second day of Heritage
Impact150, a national symposium. And he discussed
''ingredients and skills for heritage-led regeneration'' in
The symposium was held mainly at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum
This historic brick building was reopened in 2011 after a
$900,000 restoration project - strongly backed by the city
council - saved it after an engineering report warned of
Close collaboration with heritage building owners and other
stakeholders was playing a key role in heritage-led
regeneration in Dunedin, Dr Hazelton said.
Some critics had charged that the success of restoration and
redevelopment efforts in the Warehouse Precinct, near the
Exchange, had resulted from the city council ''throwing
money'' at the area.
In fact, the council had limited funds, and only relatively
modest sums, amounting to about $270,000, had recently been
provided to encourage owners to pursue restoration work
there, including through a grants scheme for reuse of
heritage buildings. And over the past couple of years,
building owners had invested more than $5 million in
restoration and upgrading work there.
''If we can achieve what we have at a time when the economy
is flat, imagine what we could do when the economy grows,''
he added in an interview.
He is project managing the DCC's Warehouse Precinct
Revitalisation Project and had been working with building
owners to find innovative ways to reuse Dunedin's many
under-utilised heritage buildings.
Mr Hazelton said momentum was growing and heritage building
owners were already encouraging others to do more to restore
their own buildings.
English-based Gasworks Museum patron Sir Neil Cossons said he
had been ''astonished'' at the heritage regeneration progress
that had been achieved in Dunedin in the five years since his
The national symposium had highlighted some of the
''terrific'' developments and marked ''an important step
forward'' for the museum and Dunedin's industrial heritage,