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Common Ground?

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:50am

Heritage and Public Places in New Zealand

Edited by Alexander Trapeznik

Trapeznik Common Ground cover imageThe book

New Zealand has a unique heritage in its historic buildings and sites that is increasingly valued as we become a mature nation. This book is New Zealand's first detailed guide to historical and cultural heritage management. It addresses a wide range of heritage issues and is well-illustrated.

Chapters are written by specialists in a number of areas – history, architecture, archaeology and planning. Auckland architect Jeremy Salmond discusses heritage terminology and conservation planning. In a chapter titled 'From Shrine to Shop', Gavin McLean looks at the changing uses of historic places in the past century. Tourism has now turned heritage into a money-making business, with heritage trails and historic houses with shops and cafes. Other chapters provide a historical overview of the heritage movement in New Zealand from 1890–2000, conservation charters and plans, and legislation affecting heritage issues. It is not only buildings that are of historic interest, but also the landscape itself. Two chapters explore heritage and the landscape, one focusing on archaeological sites, and the other looking at the physical environment of the landscape and the historical events that have shaped it. The book also serves as a practical guide to assessing the heritage significance of specific places. The final chapter provides a brief guide on how to research historic places to obtain maximum information in a limited time, and build up a case for heritage significance.

Common Ground? is both scholarly and accessible. It is a useful guide for public historians, architects, conservators, planners, policy-makers, archaeologists and museum workers, as well as owners of heritage properties and heritage supporters generally. The book's foreword is by Dame Catherine Tizard, as chairperson of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

'... this becomes the instant standard reference work in the field, indispensable to students of heritage ... would be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in our historic heritage.' – John Daniels, City Voice

The editor

ALEXANDER TRAPEZNIK teaches History at the University of Otago and is executive director of the University's Centre for Public History. He co-edited Lenin's Legacy Down Under: New Zealand's Cold War with Aaron Fox (Otago University Press, 2004)


Ian Barber, Michael Kelly, Gavin McLean, Jeremy Salmond, Alexander Trapeznik, Greg Vossler
Foreword by Dame Catherine Tizard, Chairperson, New Zealand Historic Places Trust

Publication details

Paperback, 172 pages, ISBN 978 1 877133 91 6, $39.95
Out of print