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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Tourism New Zealand: Demand for Cultural Tourism Summary of Research Findings
The New Zealand Tourism Strategy (NZTS) 2010 was developed to guide the sustainable growth of the
tourism sector over the next ten years. Cultural tourism was specifically identified in the NZTS 2010 as a
sector requiring further development in order to maximise its potential. To meet some key
recommendations included in the NZTS 2010, research was undertaken in three phases in order to
enhance the understanding of the role of cultural tourism in the tourism sector and domestic and
international visitors’ demand for cultural tourism experiences.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

NZ link of SA heritage official
Archaeology was to be a rewarding choice. He worked in the heritage section of the National Museum of Botswana, continued his studies in Texas in the United States and later went to New Zealand where, thanks to a bursary from the anti-apartheid New Zealand Students Union, he obtained his MA (honours) degree.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Latest Archaeology in New Zealand:
47(1) March 2004
Hepipi Pa, H Rook and P Bain
Transfer of plants, animals and adzes in Tonga, G Clark
Lapita from Efate, Vanuatu, S Bedford, A Hoffman, M Kaltal, R Regenvanu and R Shing.
Excavatiton at Oropi, Tauranga, M Campbell
Tawharanui excavation, I Lawlor.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Science and Technology Promotion Fund 2004/05
This contestable funding has been made available by the Government to
support activities that make the people of New Zealand enthusiastic about
science and technology and excite a desire to find out or experience
more. The Science and Technology Promotion Fund offers the opportunity to
develop innovative projects and will give priority to those trying new and
creative ideas for the promotion of science and technology.
Applications from projects of all sizes seeking funding (up to a maximum of
$100,000 incl GST) are now being sought for the 2004/05 round. Guidelines
and application forms are available from www.rsnz.org/funding/st_promotion
or by contacting the Fund Manager at promotion.fund@rsnz.org
For further information contact:
Fund Manager
Science and Technology Promotion Fund
Royal Society of New Zealand
PO Box 598
04 470 5781
email: promotion.fund@rsnz.org
The Science and Technology Promotion Fund is administered by the Royal
Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Government of New Zealand

Mini review: Identifying Our Heritage: A Review of Registration Procedures under the Historic Places Act 1993, by Peter Skelton. Wellington, New Zealand Historic Places Trust. ISBN 0-908577-50-8. RRP $15.

This 125 page report includes the text of the HPT's registration policy. This is a useful study that gives the HPT's procedures a clean bill of health. It was stimulated by the media fall-out from the registration of Kopukairoa as a wahi tapu (sacred site). Rather alarming statements were made by the HPT at that time, that registration has no legal effect. This report clarifies the point which was made 'in the light of the statutory linkages of the Register with the RM Act and other legislation' (quoted from the terms of reference). The positive linkages between the HP and the RM Acts are deficient, says Professor Skelton. His main conclusion is that there needs to be a clause in the RM Act that gives registration legal effect in district plans and allows the HPT to be an affected party in proceedings affecting preservation. One wonders, given the recent substantial changes to the RM Act, how such an elementary oversight could have happened. Professor Skelton was not asked to comment on the criminal or other offence provisions in the HP Act, such as s. 10. It would still appear that notification to a landowner of the existence of site would have a bearing in offence proceedings.

Marine archaeology scam
$1m laundering from shipwrecks claimed
SYDNEY - An Adelaide businessman fronting a investment scheme with New Zealand connections that promised huge returns from sunken treasure has been arrested by Australian federal police.
Christopher Paul Woolgrove appeared in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court last week accused of laundering more than A$1 million ($1.15 million) obtained through shipwreck salvaging in waters in Southeast Asia.
Woolgrove, 40, was arrested after a joint investigation by the federal police and Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
New Zealand's Serious Fraud Office was also involved, serving notices to produce documents in Auckland.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

- Fragile find shares secrets of Maori life centuries ago
A sneeze could destroy the tiny fragments forever, but pieces of an ancient Maori cloak found on Banks Peninsula have major significance.
The remnants of the 500-year-old flax cloak were found on Kaitorete Spit, by Lake Ellesmere, with other artefacts in what archaeologists and local Maori regard as a valuable archaeological and cultural find.
Unusually well-preserved albatross bones, tools and kokowai (a red dye) and pieces of a hut, including a segment of carved wood, were also unearthed.
Historic Places Trust regional archaeologist Chris Jacomb said the cloak was of particular interest. It was the first evidence of how clothing was made in the early centuries of Maori settlement in New Zealand.
When Polynesians settled in about AD1200, they quickly realised tapa cloth was not hardy enough for the country's colder climate, he said.
'People had to make all sorts of adjustments when they came over from tropical lands.'
The remnants were 'really important for what they tell us about weaving and textiles in a new land'.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Business Promises hot air, say farmers
Farmers attack heritage legislation.
The reality is in the past two years the Government has:
* Passed the RMA Amendment Bill containing new heritage provisions likely to require consents for many normal farming activities.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Historic Places Trust join Maori in plea to divert bypass
The Historic Places Trust is supporting Maori pleas to divert a $12.5 million bypass near New Plymouth to protect a unique archaeological site.
"We know very little about the wharenui (meeting house) and the trust is extremely interested in preserving it," senior archaeologist Dr Rick McGovern-Wilson said yesterday.
Shifting the bypass route, at Bell Block, was an issue Transit New Zealand had to address, he said. Legally the trust could vary the bypass route to protect the site.

The 1850s Maori settlement, Te Horopuriri, is the only site of its kind to be excavated in New Zealand. It was discovered after planning for the bypass started.
"This is an important discovery," Dr McGovern-Wilson said.
"There's an incredible sequence of occupiers and things are happening on this site that we didn't know about three years ago."

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Hapu wants diversion after bypass uncovers pa site

Bell Block Diversion?
Maori want a proposed $12.5 million bypass near New Plymouth diverted to protect a historic pa site at the centre of an important archaeological dig.
Puketapu hapu spokesman Grant Knuckey said there was growing support from the community to preserve the unique site at Bell Block. The site was only discovered once planning began.
Archaeologists are excavating the site, and have described it as of great significance.

DOC North Head Audiovisual Showing
The public is invited by the department to come along to a screening of the new 15 minute film presentation of the history of North Head: "Maungauika - the Story of a Mountain". Screenings will be at 12:00 noon, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30 each of the following three weekends (March 13-14; March 20-21 and March 27-28).
The film contains Maori, colonial, wartime and recent historical footage and beautiful computer animated recreations of the way the hill looked at the various periods. The eruption of Rangitoto is also featured.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Historic project goes with a bang
The rare eight-inch 'disappearing' Armstrong gun at North Head was fired yesterday to mark progress on a historic restoration project.
A cloud of white smoke billowed from the barrel of the gun in what was supposedly its second firing since about 1915, when there were complaints of broken windows from nearby residents. It was, however, test-fired on Thursday to satisfy insurers and other agencies.
Yesterday's firing, by Prime Minister Helen Clark, was of a steel mortar inserted in the barrel to make sure no harm came to the gun. "

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Keep it cool, say conservators
The freezer and plain clean water are your best friends when trying to resurrect books, documents, photographs and other treasures from flood water.
Te Manawa conservator Detlef Klein said the first thing anyone with flood-affected heirlooms should do is get expert advice about how to treat them. Incorrect handling could irrevocably ruin them.
And bigger museums are good places to start asking.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Engineering Heritage Workshop
August 3-4, 2004 National Library Wellington
Preliminary Notice, DOC and IPENZ
Presentaiton sought.

Pa site discovery excites archaeologists
Unfired bullets and musket balls are the latest discovery among thousands of items unearthed at the historic Maori pa site right in the path of Transit New Zealand's proposed Bell Block bypass.
Gun trenches and bomb-proof shelters are part of the recent continuation of Transit-sponsored excavations that keep getting bigger and bigger.
Initially discovered in 2002, the paddock near Hulke Crescent revealed a remarkable find
after Wanganui archaeologist Michael Taylor was walking the route of the bypass and was alerted by the unusually rough ground. Subsequent excavations showed the foundations of a large house.
The new findings could mean that the significance of the site is greater than was initially thought.
'This (discovery) will change people's perception of the history of New Plymouth,' said Mr Taylor.
'We have pulled in all the professional archaeologists we can find.' "

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Thursday, March 04, 2004

Gold, Wars and Whaling - the trans-Tasman connection
Call for Papers
The Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA)
and the Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA)
Fourth Joint Conference
Wellington & Picton, New Zealand - Thurs 23 Sept – Monday 27 September 2004
This is a 'new concept' twin venue conference. The conference will begin in Wellington (the capital city located at the southern end of the North Island) on Thursday 23rd September 2004. After two days there the whole conference party will board the inter-island ferry (early evening) and have a sunset cruise to Picton (top end of the South Island, 3 hour voyage) for two more days of conferencing and fieldtrips. At both Wellington and Picton visits to major ship conservation projects are scheduled - the 'Inconstant' and the 'Edwin Fox'. An optional post conference fieldtrip runs Mon 27-Wed 29. It involves train and bus travel from Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura looking at maritime heritage and other sites en route. Conference goers may choose to fly into Wellington, and depart from Christchurch.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

New Land wars house revealed
Archaeologists from the University of Auckland are using cutting-edge technology to record the buried secrets of the largest Maori house site yet excavated.
A team of senior students and staff has spent the past fortnight excavating the site, on a hillside at Bell Block, north of New Plymouth, which must be removed for a bypass.
They have uncovered the remains of a 22m-long meeting house, with evidence of at least two smaller structures which it supplanted on the same site.
Dr Simon Holdaway, a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology who has been leading the excavations, said the house dated from the 1860s, during the land wars, an era archaeologists rarely had the opportunity to excavate from.

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