The region's history will continue to be protected despite the end of an era for the Taranaki Historic Places Trust committee.
There was a handing over of the reins at Snug Lounge in New Plymouth last night when the Historic Places Trust officially announced the Taranaki branch committee was disbanding.
Many of the members of the Taranaki branch will join Heritage Taranaki, a new committee less than a year old, that will take over many of the responsibilities associated with historic buildings and sites.
Outgoing Taranaki Historic Places Trust chairman Rob Hooper will take over as deputy of the Heritage Taranaki committee under chairman and former New Plymouth District Council chief executive Kinsley Sampson.
"We see ourselves as having an educating, advocacy and protection role with this new organisation," Mr Sampson said.
"A number of our committee members have come from the old Taranaki Historic Places Trust committee and we plan to build on the good relationships they have in the region."
He said the group hopes to build on relationships with the three district councils and regional council to ensure they all work together to protect Taranaki history.
Mr Hooper said he thought the Taranaki Historic Places Trust committee might have collapsed a few years ago when membership dwindled, but an appeal for members was successful.
"We decided to hold an open meeting and had 43 people turn up, plus with apologies we ended up with about 60 interested people," he said.
Presentations were made to outgoing members last night by Ann Neill, general manager of the Historic Places Trust central region.
She thanked the members for their past support since the late 1950s and their continued efforts under the Heritage Taranaki banner.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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