Wellington’s earthquake stricken central library could receive a category 1 heritage listing, despite being less than 30 years old.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is calling for the public to submit their views on the library’s heritage status, while Wellington City Council simultaneously considers the future of the building after it closed in March 2019 over seismic concerns.
Heritage NZ seem to be losing the plot in Wellington. First they designate the ugly as f**k Gordon Wilson Flats built in the 1950s as critical heritage and now they are going for a building not even thirty years old.
I propose two changes to Heritage NZ:
- They are banned under law from designating any property less than 80 years old as a heritage property. Maybe less than 100 years old.
- Any property they designate, they have to buy at market rates, if the owner wishes to sell.
Well worth clicking through to the Twitter thread which shows some absolutely ordinary buildings that Heritage NZ has deemed of huge cultural value.