Our next Heritage Night (August 30) has an interesting talk by landscape architect Richard Reid who will tell the story of his design collaboration with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on a landscape plan for Puketapapa Mt Roskill Volcano, which could have lessons for us here in Devonport with the controversy over Mt Vic/Takarunga.
Richard will explain the background to the landscape plan, commissioned by NZTA and Auckland City Council between 2003-2010, and illustrate the ideas and places that inspired the team’s design.
The landscape plan drew upon the rich history of Maori occupation of volcanoes on the isthmus, including Puketapapa. Maunga were the focal points for habitation, cultivated gardens, food storage and Pā, often built to protect the food storage.
Trish Deans will also talk about the 1890’s sub-division of Burgess Road and Domain Street which is a fascinating look at class divisions in early Devonport.