2015

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 Lanscape Plan - Second draft released for consultation in May.

Halfway House interior restoration continues.

2014

Halfway House Heritage Garden Group established. 

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. 

2013

Halfway House landscape plan discussions commence between Wellington City Council and Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc.

On Wellington Anniversary, the second Glenside Show is held at the Halfway House.

2012

Restoration of the Halfway House commences under the leadership of Wellington City Council.

On Wellington Anniversary, the first Glenside Show day is held at the Halfway House.

2011

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.

2010

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.

Planting

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.

2009

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.

Historic Walk

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.

2008

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.

2007

Reserve status change

November 2007

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.

2005

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.

2004

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.

2003

Open Day

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.