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The Burkes Pass Heritage Trust

 

Business Plan: Includes a list of projects and their status.

 

St Patricks's  Church


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The church is open each day and there are a steady flow of people  that visit and enter comments in the visitors book.


There are  information panels about the Church and old Burkes Pass just inside the  door and also brochure on the Heritage Walk.

 

There are also postcards, heritage seeds and the Spinsters Ball tea towels for sale

 

Available for Weddings and other occasions (see weddings page)

 

Newly registered as Category One with the NZ Historic Places Trust. This means the New Zealand Historic Places Trust recognises this building has national significance as a rare remaining and very early example of a union church in New Zealand. It noted that that the church has been used as a church since its construction and that it has a high degree of integrety and is on its original site and includes original furnishings. Jane prepared a large document to the NZHPT for this.

 

It looks great now that it is  painted. Nov 2011.

 

One large tree on the left has been removed and the tall trees to the northwest have been reduced in height by arborist  John Baxter in Jan 2012 in horrible weather. Helpers were the Corcorans, Hemmingsens, Batchelors and Max (who spent about 3 days with his big chainsaw cutting up the stump and took about 1 tonne of cones back to Timaru for sale.) Next step is a work party to split all the wood for sale to defray expenses.

 

The Church has also been inspected by an engineer for structural soundness for insurance purposes (Sept 2011)

 

New mountain beech trees have also been planted at a working bee in Sept. 2011 to the north west to eventually replace the big pine trees (in the distant future)

 

Automatic outside lights were installed Dec. 2010 (designed, built and installed by Graham) They are LED type and weakly illuminate the church by night.

 

An alarm was installed on the donation box July 2011 (designed, built and installed by Graham)

 

Security Cameras installed Jan 2012. (by Graham)

 

 

Highfield Cottage

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 Highfield Cottage (1875) is near the entrance to the Dobson Ski Field road. We started repairing the cob work and replacing one wall in 1997 and have fenced it done general maintenance to keep it water tight and tidy. Current projects are roof maintenance and improvement, painting and drainage.

 New:   Read the Highfield Cottage Story .... with heaps of photos

 

Township Entrance Signs
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The entrance signs with the installation crew.

Musterer's  Hut
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The old bus  shelter has been converted to a place for heritage information and displays  using a musterer's hut theme. There has been lots of progress. It  has been relocated , and a floor, fireplace, chimney and veranda ,  added. Max Willets (twomm@xtra.co.nz)   is the project coordinator and he has done a great job. There is now a book of old local stories and a temporary display of photos on the wall.

The old limestone trough has been moved under shelter in the lean to and a classic large picture of Tom Winter's Blacksmith's shop place above it.

A road side wooden sign has also been erected with  "open" when he hut is open - which is usually daily.

Cemetery History
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The cemetery has a rich history as it is the burial site for  much of the Mackenzie. A booklet is being written  by Liz Angelo-Roxborough. She would be most please to receive  any relevant information that you may have about the lives of  people that he been laid to rest at Burkes Pass. Still in progress

Anniss  Cottage
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before....                          ...as at april 2007

Phase one to protect the old cob walls with a roof has been completed and  a fence has been built  (by the Fairlie Lions) to keep out  stock. Work was carried out at Easter 2007 on windows and front door along with some cob reconstruction. By the Batchelor and Hemmingsen family and there has been on going work by Jane and whoever she can encourage to do more cob work. There is a lot of cob  work to be done over the next few years.

Cabbage Tree Flat
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About 300 trees were planted in 2005. Most of them have been planted in 3  fenced off areas. The very cold winter in 2006 knocked them around a  bit but they are growing well now.

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The  heritage trail is a marked grass track that extends from the cemetery to  the cob cottages with boardwalks (built by the Tekapo Lions) over  the wet parts. A brochure about what to see on the trails is  available from the church. Work is being done now on placing  information displays on the trail.

A new sign across the road from the Church helps to define it. It is planned to put two new signs at each end of the walk.


Web Site and Face book page

The web site has been up for 10 years but needed updating. This has just been done Jan 1012 but there are plans for a total design makeover (by Graham)

We have also been “playing around” with facebook to see if that helps with communication. The jury is still out on that one!