Business Plan for the Burkes Pass Heritage Trust
(up-dated projects and contributions 1/2/07)
? The Burkes Pass Heritage Trust is an incorporated charitable trust with 5 trustees,
established in September 2000. The Trustees are currently; Liz Angelo-Roxborough,
Ruth Waters, David Taylor, David Reynolds and Jane Batchelor (Chair).
? The activities of the Trust are specified in the Trust document.
? The Trust is supported by about 120 people, locally, NZ wide and overseas and
produces a newsletter 3-4 times a year circulated to 120 by post and approximately
125 others including agencies such as Mackenzie District Council, NZ Historic Places
Trust, and Opus International, by email.
1) To restore and maintain St Patricks Union Church at Burkes Pass for the use of the Burkes
Pass community and the general public.
2) To preserve the function of the church building for services and ceremonies, a place for
meetings of residents and others and as a venue for cultural events such as music and art
3) To secure future protection of the church by placing a heritage covenant on the title.
4) To provide access and to display a wide variety of Burkes Pass heritage for education and
the enjoyment of the community. This heritage includes both Maori and European people and
culture, buildings, our geographical and environmental features, and characteristic vegetation
including local native plants and exotic historic plantings, and wildlife.
5) To promote public awareness of the original and priceless heritage remaining in Burkes
Pass and to foster this through education, documentation e.g. via a brochure, web site, photo
albums, display panels and other audiovisual aides, provision of activities such as walking
tracks and visitor amenities.
1) The major access to the Mackenzie Basin used by Maori and later on by Europeans.
2) Characteristic vegetation and wildlife reflects environmental factors and human
activities over a long period of time. Large groups of mature conifer trees remain from
pioneer times around the village area. A DOC scenic reserve is located just west of the
geographical pass with characteristic tussock and Aciphylla (Spaniard or speargrass)
vegetation. The Canterbury giant weevil, Hadramphus tuberculatus, has recently been
rediscovered there after being thought to be extinct for the past 80 years.
3) The principal pioneer settlement for the Mackenzie country and early centre of
administration with the building of the offices for the Mt Cook Roads Board (the precursor of
the Mackenzie District Council) in 1876. The township remains relatively unchanged since
the early 1900’s due to a quirk of history i.e.; the railway from the coast reaching only as far
as Fairlie instead of coming to Burkes Pass as initially planned.
4) St Patricks Church c1872; the first church in the Mackenzie District and the first Union
church in Canterbury and the oldest Union church still remaining on its original site in New
Zealand. It is registered by the NZ Historic Places Trust as group 2 (consideration is being
given by the BPHT of applying for an upgrade to group 1) and category Y on the heritage
schedule of MDC. The original church furniture and organ remain.
5) The pioneer cemetery; many early settlers and mountaineers are buried here dating from
1873. The only remaining original gothic style wooden fence post is to be listed on the MDC
6) Burkes Pass Hotel and original stables, the first hotel licence granted in South Canterbury c 1861, an intact wing remains despite a disastrous fire in 1996. The stables are
still remaining and to be listed on the MDC heritage schedule.
7) The first Mt Cook Roads Board Headquarters c 1876 and later the original Mackenzie
District Council Chambers now called ’The Stone House’. 8)The first school building in the area (the original part of the building is to be listed on the
MDC heritage schedule) and school -teachers cottage remain. Both are c. 1878. 9) ‘Alma Cottage’, 1870’s (cob construction) has a NZ Historic Places Trust covenant on the title, NZHPT register group2, MDC schedule Y.
10) ‘Elm Tree’ cottage (cob)
11) ‘Anniss’ cottage, (cob ruin) will be listed on the MDC heritage schedule.
12) ‘Paddy’s Market’ homestead, an early colonial home.
13) Rabbit board buildings, a Mackenzie country institution, c1890-1988 at Burkes Pass. rd 1897. 14) One of the first dog trial clubs in Canterbury, marked by Dog Trial Hill.
16) Limestone horse trough to be listed on the MDC heritage schedule. 15) Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Oak tree planted outside the hotel on June 23
17) Ice skating rink dating from 1940’s, intact construction and water intake.
18) Early subdivision of planned the pioneer township with streets and sections mostly
19) ‘Highfield’ cob cottage and ‘Dornie’ cob villa, Kerr Cottage site, Coulsons cottage
site and ‘Rollesby’ farm buildings outlying the village.
20) TD Burnett stone memorial at the top of the Pass
21) Donated archival material including written, photographic, Burkes Pass postal material
and other memorabilia.
22) Musterer’s Hut replica built from the disused bus shelter and incorporating recycled
original hut materials eg metal chimney, and situated in village centre.
Assets - Property
St Patricks Union church contents, building and grounds.
??To involve and consult with the local and wider community in implementing the Trust
aims thereby enhancing the living amenities for residents and visitors by identifying
and maximizing the assets and minimizing the negative aspects of the village.
??To stage changes as a series of projects with prioritization and funding sought for
each from appropriate sources. Funding will preferably be confirmed before projects
are started to minimize risk of debt.
??Interest and support locally and New Zealand wide
??Voluntary labor force and skill base
??Intact and concentrated heritage elements
??Key role in early Mackenzie development
??Located on major tourist highway
??Charitable trust structure gives accountability, confidence and tax deductibility to
??Communication via newsletter, email, media and web site
??Church open to visitors daily and monitored by dedicated neighbour.
??Major traffic flow poses potential noise and safety hazard (planned traffic calming for
???Small township poses potential hazard of isolated disenchantment (maintain good
communication) and small pool of available voluntary labor and resources.
??Cash flow is dependant on application to funding agencies for major projects that
means long lead in times for projects.
??Interest and awareness in heritage values.
??Active pursuits - walking tracks exploiting sites of interest and scenery, mountain
bike/trail bike/horse riding trails. Two nearby ski-fields provide for complementary
??Passive pursuits – views of historic buildings, cultural activities in the church,
family/historical research using cemetery and Trust resources.
??Development ideas for local businesses to assimilate heritage concept in design eg
cafe is on the site of the old blacksmith’s shop.
??Increase in patronage of local B&B accommodation and shop.
??Development of sophisticated but non- intrusive audiovisual aids could enhance
visitor experience at the church.
??Local council funding is in short supply and several heritage organizations competing
??Heritage walkway is on Transit land with their permission but theoretical vulnerability
to future plans.
Projects - 2000
Formation of Trust and incorporation
Funding; donated legal services and balance BPHT
Status; completed 1/09/2000, IRD status as a charitable trust commencement date 13/09/2000.
Projects – 2001
Purchase of St Patricks church
Cost ; $3,478.43
Funding source; Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust $3,000, balance BPHT
Status; completed 08/03/2001
Building report - G Harris
Funding; donated services
Status; completed 2001, reviewed 12/01/04.
Valuation - A Chisnall Cost; nil
Funding; donated services
Status; completed 27/04/01
Surveyor to re-peg boundary of church property Cost; nil
Funding; donated services
Status; completed June 2001
Fencing Church property
Labor and fencing provided by John Harry (neighbour).
Commencement of BPHT Newsletter (quarterly by email and post)
Cost: Approx $25 photocopying per issue
Funding: BPHT, and Community Post envelopes when available
Establishment of website - G Batchelor
Funding; donated services
Status; completed 8/12/01
th Celebration service
Service taken by Rev Michael Kerr, refreshments after provided by BPHT.
Projects - 2002
Community use of church e.g. services, concerts, meetings
Cost; minimal i.e. <$100, petrol voucher/donation
Funding; BPHT funds or application to Creative NZ etc
Status; Changeover service in 2001 and 130th Celebration service in 2002, and residents
Manufacture of 4 reproduction pews to match the 4 original ones - G Harris/ M
Status; completed April 2002, staining and finishing voluntary labor - J Batchelor.
Landscape architect plan for village, heritage walk and church grounds - G Densem
Cost; Stages 1-3 i.e. Initial concept plan and consultation $2687. 50
Funding; Mackenzie District Council
Status; completed 28/05/01
Stage 4 i.e. final plan preparation, detailed planting/management recommendations
Funding; MDC grant $1,500, balance BPHT funds
Status; completion May 2002
Reconnect electricity to church for lighting both heritage information panels and meetings audiovisual aides, and heating.
Cost; reconnection fee, line charges and some consumption.
Status; completed Oct 2002
Planting according to landscape plan Funding; Church grounds Trees for Canterbury donated plants – Oct 2002
Village threshold area: Trust purchased $430 worth of native plants from DOC – Oct 2002
Status; implementation staged 1-5 years, voluntary labor.
Search historic titles for archives, Cost $150
Grant from Southern Trust received.
Status; complete Feb 2002 th celebration service
Taken by Rev Peter Hurricks and refreshments after by BPHT. 130
Projects - 2003
Conservation architect plan for the church building - G Lucking and Tony Ussher Cost; $2,193.75 plus NZHPT costs, printing 7 copies $365.
Funding; $1843.75 Lottery Grant received, balance BPHT funds.
Status; Completed April 2003, with the assistance of NZHPT who provided additional
funding for Tony Ussher, architect. Voluntary research, writing and compilation by J
Anniss Cob Cottage Roofing (stage one of stabilization/ restoration)
Funding; received from owner, P Drake, Fairlie Timber Treatment sponsored for treating
timber, Barwoods for transport, several donations of used iron, voluntary labor -
Hemmingsen and Batchelor families..
Status; completed April 2003.
Heritage covenant placement on the title Cost; donated by NZ Historic Places Trust and Christine Ross
Funding; donated legal services.
Status; completed 24/06/2003
Purchase of Fencing for Plant Protection.
Funding Southern Trust Grant – purchased 0ct 2003
Status: Tree /plant protection and gradual implementation with plantings started.
Interpretation plan for church and walkway and production of information panels in church
and brochure - L Burns
Funding; Lottery Grant received
Status; completed 12/11/03
Piping open drain beside the cafe and remove road shoulder for traffic safety
Cost; $8,000- carried by Transit NZ
Status; completed January 2003
Rowan Tree Avenue
Cost: $1,175.16, voluntary labor, digger and Traffic Management provided by Whitestone NZ LTD.
Funding: Mid and South Canterbury Trust $388.12 for trees, fencing from earlier Southern Trust grant $645.30 and balance from BPHT.
Status: majority of it completed in October 2003 and remainder in 2004.
Highway Threshold Planting – Eastern town entrance
Cost: $406 for native plants from DOC nursery
Funding: Lion Foundation, voluntary labor
Status: Completed October 2003
Antique Display Table Purchase
Funding: Lottery Grant
Status: completed Nov 2003
Burkes Pass Heritage Trust Brochures/Guide to Heritage Walk
Cost: $1,022.63- Printing by Herald Print, Timaru. Interpretation by Linda Burns with content provided by J McCarthy and J Batchelor.
Funded: Lottery Grant
Status: completed December 2003.
Projects - 2004
Framed interpretation panels for church
Cost: $295.30 frames from G Harris Ltd, made by Martin Cordes. Interpretation panels by Linda Burns
Funding: Lottery Grant
Status completed January 2004.
Photo Collection and Reproduction for Church Album
Cost: Yet to be determined, leather covered album donated by Jan McCarthy
Status: in progress.
Removal of log burner from church and taking up floor coverings
Cost : nil Church Painted in Original colors Completed by working bee May 2004, roof made good by G Harris (builder). Cost : $ 3,199.50 for labor. Paint donated by Resene.
Funding: Grant from Mid and South Canterbury Trust contributed $1,611.88 (total grant received was $2000 which also covered cost of Rowan Trees for avenue) BPHT funds paid for balance.
Status: Completed April 2004.
Highway Threshold Planting-Western township entrance
Funding: BPHT funds
Status: completed October 2004
Construction of Heritage Walk including track and boardwalks
Cost; materials for boardwalk, $1913, design and quantity survey- donated services, mowing by voluntary labor.
Funding; Tekapo Lions Club donated labor,
Earthworks donated: A Hurst
Funding for Materials: Lion Foundation
Status; completed November 2004
Fencing Anniss Cottage
Cost: $364.80 plus fencing materials provided BPHT
Funding: BPHT, labor donated by Fairlie Lions Club.
Status: completed Dec 2004
Chris Cape Folk Music/Poetry Performance
Cost : $1,200, research/travel and performance
Funding: $400 from Creative NZ, $500 Lion Foundation, balance from BPHT funds Status: held November 27
Projects - 2005
Hayter Family Reunion
Cost – no cost to Trust and hosted at Alma Cottage. Donation received. ththStatus: held 19 and 20 Feb 2005
Threshold Tussock Planting
Funding: Transit NZ $400, voluntary labor
Status: Completed October 2005
Arborist Work on Trees in Church Grounds (John Baxter) Cost: $865
Funding: MDC $791.57 and BPHT $73.43
Fire Extinguisher Church
Church Organ Restoration (two instruments)
Cost: Total cost $11,769.25 = Original 1800’s Needham $4,897.75 plus
Funding: Community Trust $1,200, Lion Foundation $4,500, Southern Trust $4,415,
Status: Needham completed March 2005
Estey completed December 2005
Cabbage Tree Flat
Cost: $115 for potting mix.
Funding: 300 cabbage trees grown from local seed and donated by Trees for Canterbury and
re-potted , transported and planted by voluntary labor. Fencing from previous grant.
Status: completed October 2005
Liz Angelo-Roxborough gave an inaugural tour at the Cowan Family reunion held in
Projects – 2006
Anniss Cob Wall restoration – initial phase rebuilding window support walls
Completed areas below front window sills with voluntary workers.
Cemetery guide booklet
Cost; $1,056. Research and writing voluntary – Liz Angelo- Roxborough Publishing - South Canterbury Museum
Funding; MDC grant of $475
Status; in progress
Preparation of History Summaries - for items to be considered for addition to the MDC Heritage Schedule and both written and oral submissions to Council Long Term Community
Status: completed with voluntary research – J Batchelor.
Convert existing bus shelter to ‘Musterer’s Hut’ visitor centre, move 6 metres back from
road and insert windows etc
Cost; $3,020 for materials, landscape plan donated by Maurie Angelo (landscape architect)
Funding; voluntary labor, MDC grant of $350 on completion, Lion Foundation Grant $2670
Sept 2006, donated shingle mix from Barwoods, donated iron from various sources, donated
metal chimney from Don Willetts.
Status; foundations laid Projects-2007
Musterer’s Hut - continued from 2006 Status: Bus shelter frame moved to new site in Jan 2007 and transformation progressed.
Installation of Rubbish bin stand for MDC.
Cost: paid by MDC
Status: completed Jan 2007
Other plans in discussion;
? Complete photo album of reproduction old photos of the area and people -
? photo reproduction and archiving in progress, album donated by Jan McCarthy.
? Record stories of local people as oral history -
? contact made with historian to do the work. Will need to identify subjects to interview
and apply for funding.
? Reinstate memorial marble plaque for Queen Vic oak tree (c 1897 - possibly 2007 for
? Reinstate original picket fence and entrance gates to church as in original photographs
($3,500 est. cost)
? Interpretation / activities for children eg old school desk, slate, reproduce pictures of
interest, garden swing
? Fill and level grassed areas beside highway in central village area
? ?Restoration/drainage of church/grounds - subject of conservation plan
? Development of circular walking track to summit of Sentinel Hill on the back
boundary of the village
? Small interpretation posts at sites of interest along the walkway and seating
? Cushions for pews,
? Reinstate original leadlight windows in church building
? ?Commission folk song - P Garland
? Security system - video/tag $2-3,000
? Replacement of township lighting in keeping with heritage nature.
Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury - $3,000 to purchase church
Lottery Grants Board – Environment and Heritage - $7,500 for interpretation and walkway
Mackenzie District Council - $1,000 for village plan
Mackenzie District Council – rates
Community Post – 200 envelopes
MDC – rates
Southern Trust - $150 to research historic titles
Meridian Energy - $1000 for electricity
Paul Drake – $2905 for Anniss Cottage Restoration Community Post – 305 envelopes
MDC - rates
Lion Foundation - $1912.50 for boardwalk materials
Southern Trust - $5,609.70 for fencing materials
Lion Foundation - $406 for native plants
Community Post – 200 envelopes Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury - $2,000
Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury- $1,200 for organ restoration
Lion Foundation - $500 for Chris Cape (folk singer) concert
Creative NZ - $400 for Chris Cape concert
Lion Foundation - $4,500 for organ restoration
Community Post – 300 envelopes
MDC - rates
Southern Trust - $4,415 for organ restoration
Community Post – 200 envelopes Transit NZ - $400 to purchase tussocks for village threshold native areas
MDC – rates
MDC – pledge of $350 refund on completion of Musterer’s hut
Lion Foundation - $2,670 for Musterer’s hut materials
MDC - $475 for production of guide booklet to Burkes Pass cemetery