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2021 Winner

Outstanding Contribution to Heritage Award

Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House

Entrant: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taona

Kate and Walter Sheppard’s 1888 kauri villa was purchased by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in 2019 for the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. The house has been adapted to a visitor destination to celebrate Kate Sheppard’s life and achievements, the suffrage movement and its legacy of social change. A structural remediation project was followed by the development of an exhibition conveying layered stories and timelines in the front four rooms of the house. This exhibition balances respect for the heritage fabric of the house with inclusive and engaging 21st century interpretation. The rear spaces of the house have been carefully adapted for public education and space for gatherings.  This project has balanced a respect for tangible and intangible heritage that will resonate with, and inspire, all who visit.

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