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Ministry for Culture and Heritage moving to landmark Public Trust Building

Media release: 23 December 2014

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is moving into the Old Public Trust building on the corner of Lambton Quay and Stout Street, Wellington, in October 2015, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Lewis Holden announced today.

Maurice Clark with Lewis Holden inside the Old Public Trust building.

“Our move to this significant Category 1 heritage listed building has been made possible through the cooperation of the owner of the Old Public Trust building and the Government’s Property Management Centre of Expertise,” Lewis Holden said.

“Collectively they recognise the value of our built heritage and conserving it in our city’s landscape.

“This iconic building is well known to Wellingtonians and visitors to the capital and is a good fit for the Ministry in its role as guardian of New Zealand’s culture and kaitiaki of New Zealand’s taonga.

“The building is currently being earthquake strengthened and renovated. This upgrade will provide staff with a modern comfortable working environment where they can meet with colleagues, sector representatives and visitors.

“The restoration is being managed by building owner and heritage property developer Maurice Clark, who recently completed the renovation of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment premises across the road in Stout Street.  We look forward to liaising with Maurice and his team as they actively work with Heritage New Zealand to ensure the heritage values of the Public Trust building are maintained and enhanced,” he said.

Updated on 23rd July 2015