Latest news in today's Herald:
Yesterday independent commissioners Harry Bhana and John Hill said the resource consent application to the Auckland Council should be notified for a public hearing. They said although this would probably draw subjective and emotive submissions it was also likely to provoke wider discussion about alternative methods of dealing with the historically significant facade.As part of the notification process, the Historic Place[s] Trust would be alerted.Trust heritage architecture adviser Robin Byron told the council hearings committee the facade was the work of architects Edward Mahoney & Son. Although the tavern was registered as a Category II historic place, no review had been carried out on the surviving piece to assess whether it warranted that registration. Ms Byron said the 1988 building and the facade had an "unfortunate and incongruous relationship".
Good to idea that public notification has been recommended. We should all have an opportunity to have a say in matters where our visible heritage is at risk. I don't know how this will play out -- but I'll still keep on hoping.