Heritage Week was commemorated by hosting World War One The Home Front events at the house for the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. Poetry readings were held on the 24 and 26th October, the Spinners and Knitters hosted traditional knitting and spinning on Saturday, 27 October. A Peace Celebration was held on Sunday, 28th October, with WWI food provided, a musical history of New Zealand WWI songs by David Dell, and a WWI drama acted by Challenge 2000 youth.
Official opening of the Halfway House.
The historic Halfway House at Glenside was officially opened on Sunday, 29th October 2017, when Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Claire Bibby, President of the Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. cut the red ribbon midst applause. More than 331 people signed the guest book. The Richardson family, who lived in the house from 1944-1956, travelled across from Australia for the opening. People travelled from Palmerston North, Levin, Waikanae and Masterton, as well as from the wider Wellington area and local suburbs. People signing the guest book were asked "What brings you here today" and the most popular reason was history, heritage and love of old houses. Officials present were local MP Greg O'Connor, Deputy Mayor Jill Day, Cnr. Peter Gilberd, Parks manager Myfanwy Enemy, and Park Ranger Matt Robertson.
Heritage orchard planted on 16 October 2016. Those present included Cnr Helene Ritchie, Cnr Justin Lester, and aspiring Councillors Jill Day and Peter Gilberd.
Heritage Garden Group and Wellington City Council agree Stage 1 of the garden will be developing a heritage orchard.
The archaeological investigation is carried out in May. This investigation helps to inform what features should be protected and where the original vegetable gardens were.
Halfway House Landscape Plan - Second draft released for consultation in May.
Halfway House interior restoration continues.
Historic Reserve status granted
Change of Classification of Reserve
Pursuant to section 24 of the Reserves Act 1977, the Wellington City Council hereby gives notice that:
Following a resolution dated the 28th day of August 2013, the classification of the reserve described in the Second Schedule to this notice is hereby changed from recreation reserve to historic reserve for the purposes specified in section 18 of the Reserves Act 1977.
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Description Section 1 SO 451944 (part Computer Freehold Register WN574/135).
Dated at Wellington this 11th day of November 2014.
Dr Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive, Wellington City Council.
New Zealand Gazette - 20 November 2014
Halfway House Heritage Garden Group established. Later modified to Heritage Gardeners.
Halfway House Landscape Plan - First draft created by award winning landscaper Charles Gordon. The draft is received favourably by the Glenside community and the Garden Group.
Wellington City Council heritage advisor Vanessa Tanner recommends an archaeological investigation is undertaken to better inform the landscape plan.
Halfway House restoration continues.
Halfway House landscape plan discussions commence between Wellington City Council and Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc.
On Wellington Anniversary day, the second Glenside Show is held at the Halfway House.
Restoration of the Halfway House commences under the leadership of Wellington City Council.
On Wellington Anniversary day, the first Glenside Show day is held at the Halfway House.
Glenside residents draft a Halfway House and Garden Trust Deed. In 2013 this is put on hold as it is felt the Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. has the mechanism to mange funding.
Wellington City Council Parks and Reserves apply for a funding grant to renovate the house and prevent further deterioration.
Historic Places Trust
1 February 2010
Ann Neill, General Manager Central Region, NZ Historic Places Trust writes to the Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. thanking the Association for nominating Halfway House for registration. Information provided by the Association has been recorded in the register Database and will be kept a part of the Historic Places Trust records. The Trust advises it was unable to progress the Halfway House nomination for registration due to its current resourcing levels and that the nomination will remain on file in the event circumstances change.
The Trust writes:
“We are particularly interested to note that a house of this age is rare in the Glenside area, which is an important location within the history of the Wellington region.... We are pleased to note the listing of the Halfway House in Wellington City Council's District Plan, and the recent application by the council for an archaeological authority in order to undertake maintenance and remedial works on the house and grounds. NZHPT granted this authority and supports the efforts to conserve and maintain the site, as it is noteworthy for its historical, archaeological and social heritage values.”
Memorandum of Understanding
27 May 2010
Wellington City Council and Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Glenside Reserves and the Halfway House.The shared objectives are to:
- Improve the Reserve ecology
- Improve the condition of the riparian zone of streams and waterways within the Reserve
- Educate people about the ecology of the reserve
- Develop and implement landscape and revegetation plans
- Enhance the rural qualities of the Reserve
- Protect and enhance the historic sites and areas of historic interest in the Reserve, including the Halfway House
- Educate people about the history of the Reserve
- Preserve the archaeological elements of the Reserve and Halfway House precinct.
In winter 2010, the first streamside plantings for the Halfway House garden took place. This was done by Glenside residents, members of the Johnsonville Lions Club, WCC Parks & Reserves, Cnr Ngaire Best and Northern Ward candidate Justin Lester.
Registration of Interest
Wellington City Council invite expressions of interest to lease the Halfway House.
21 January 2009
Glenside residents meet with City Council officers (Wendy Walker, Jenny Rains, Mike Oates) and Cnr. Best to progress restoration of Halfway House. Residents express concern that Council has not implemented the urgent repairs in the draft Conservation Plan of 2004 or taken responsibility for the on-going maintenance of the house. Council agrees to re-visit the urgent repairs in the draft Conservation Plan and to discuss progressing a community garden and orchard at the house.
In the February community newsletter, Glenside residents are encouraged to make submissions to fund the Halfway House restoration during the Council's discussion phase, in preparation for the Long Term Community Council Plan.
18 March 2009
Park Ranger Steven Peters and John Curran of Wellington City Council meet with Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. president Claire Bibby to discuss clearing the grounds in preparation for future planting. The park ranger commits to attending a meeting with Glenside residents to discuss the Council's plan for the first stage of preparing and landscaping the grounds.
22 March 2009
Council hosts a historic walk around the Reserves in Glenside. The Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. supports the walk with a heritage flyer and arranges for The Halfway House to be open for visitors to view.
27 August 2008
The Northern Reserves Management Plan paper is presented to Council with the recommendation that the Strategy & Policy Committee agree that funding for the restoration of the Halfway House is included for consideration as part of the Long Term Council Community Plan.
The Northern Reserves Management plan is signed off by Wellington City Council. The Council agree not to change the reserve status for The Halfway House at this time.
Reserve status change
Wellington City Council advise Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. that the part of the Glenside Reserve the Halfway House occupies will be subject to a zone change from recreational reserve to an alternative reserve status under the Northern Reserves Management Plan consultation document. This status will be determined by public submissions. The formal submission process commenced in March 2008 and closes on 2 May 2008.
The Glenside Halfway House is listed on the Wellington District Plan as an historic site.
Reserve status change
Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. write to MP Hon Chris Carter concerned that Wellington City Council may change the recreational reserve status of the Glenside Reserve. This letter was written because in the past, Wellington City Council had sub-divided the reserve with a view to selling it and was again looking for opportunities to sell or exchange Council owned properties on reserve land.
In the letter the Assn. states:
- The residents do not wish the status of “reserve” to be revoked from the Wellington City Council reserves known locally as the Glenside Reserves.
- The residents oppose any sale of land associated with the Glenside Reserves or the sale of the historic Halfway House building on one of the reserves.
- The residents wish the reserves to remain for recreational use as originally intended.
Glenside Reserve Future Options report
The Glenside Reserve future options report is commissioned by Wellington City Council. The report recommends a Heritage Farm Park or Educational Farm Park on the land.
Draft Conservation Plan
A draft Conservation Plan is commissioned for The Halfway House by Wellington City Council. A list of urgent repairs to prevent deterioration is compiled. A recommendation that the advice of a landscape architect experienced in historic landscapes be sought to retain the setting of the house and enhance its heritage values.
Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. host a community open day at the house. 700 attend. Council decide that the future use of The Halfway House to be considered as part of the reserve management plan for Glenside Reserve under the Northern Reserves Management Plan.