A recent merger between the Southern Heritage Trust and
the Historic Places Trust's Otago branch committee will mean a
stronger community voice for heritage in the South.
That is the view of Dunedin heritage advocate Ann Barsby, who
was one of the founding members of the Southern Heritage
Trust when it was established in 2002.
''It will be a stronger organisation, better able to
undertake advocacy and protect heritage,'' Mrs Barsby said.
Dunedin still had many distinctive heritage assets, but there
was no room for complacency.
The city's heritage challenges included not only preserving
individual historic buildings but also striving to maintain
the character of whole city precincts, including key corner
During a recent visit to Dunedin, Sir Neil Cossons, a leading
English-based international authority of heritage buildings,
had praised the city's fine heritage character.
But Sir Neil, who is patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum,
had also warned the city had recently lost some important
heritage buildings, giving a ''missing tooth'' appearance in
places, she noted.
The new merged body would continue to be known as the
Southern Heritage Trust and two new members of its board were
former members of the historic trust's committee.
Dunedin and Otago faced huge heritage challenges. Resources
for preservation and enhancement were limited and joining
forces made sense, she said.
The heritage trust remained a strong supporter of the
Historic Places Trust, and would continue to work in
partnership with it, she said.
The heritage trust now had about 100 members, and was keen to
establish contact with historic trust members in Otago, where
the Historic Places Trust had first been established.
Legislative changes involving the New Zealand Historic Places
Trust have meant many trust branch committees have been
disestablished. Trust supporters remain members of the
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