In response to a comment from Dennis at the bottom of my post on the Reo Carpark building at 15 Federal Street in the city, I asked Auckland Council for some guidelines as to how members of the public can suggest historic places. This is what I received today as a response:
"For the moment should a member of the public wish to propose an item for scheduling it is best they provide this in a written format and address this to the manager of the Heritage department- Mr Noel Reardon.
"We request that the following base level of information is provided from someone wishing to nominate an item/site place:
· Name & contact details of the proposer.
· Site number and address of the site being proposed
· Is the property owner of the site they wish to nominate?
· Certificate of Title (where applicable)
· Any photographs (both of the item in its existing state and also include any historical pictures if these are at hand).
· Any other forms of historical documentation that would assist Council with commencing research etc… photocopied newspaper articles.
· And most importantly we require a paragraph detailing the reasons why they are nominating the item. As a guide the matters that could be considered may relate to the following significance areas/values:
-tangata whenua ,
Actually, the more detailed (and sourced!) information you can provide to any Territorial authority with regard to suggesting a site be included for protection under a District Plan, the better. This goes for trees as well. I've been involved with my own society at Avondale-Waterview in the past regarding the Roberton Road area, and right now I'm part of a group trying to save an old cottage. I've said before to other societies that "Knowledge is Power", and in terms of heritage protection campaigns, that really does ring true.
And yes, folks, detailing exactly which site you're talking about is key. Get an address, legal description, print out a GIS aerial from the website and draw a circle -- anything to prevent any misinterpretation.