In September 2016, the Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre near Lake Waikaremoana designed by John Scott was demolished by the Department of Conservation, despite widespread opposition from the architecture community and heritage advocates.

Jeremy Hansen will lead a panel discussion exploring the life of the building, considering how we value, understand and provide stewardship for architecture in Aotearoa, and how we navigate the cultural, economic and social forces that might determine a building’s end.

Panellists include curator and convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland, Linda Tyler; architect and chair of the Friends of the Futuna Charitable Trust, Nick Bevin; architect Rau Hoskins (Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi) and principal of Scott Design, Jacob Scott.

Booking is free here. Spaces are limited. 


Jeremy Hansen writes about architecture and design, and was curator of the 2018 New Zealand Festival of Architecture. He grew up near Lake Waikaremoana and was a frequent visitor to John Scott’s Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre. He featured some of Scott’s works in the pages of HOME magazine during his 11-year stint as editor there, as well as in his 2013 book Modern: New Zealand Homes from 1938 to 1977. 

Jacob Scott started his working life as a graphic designer.
Then worked alongside his father, architect John Scott in the 1970's and 1980’s. He slid into Para Matchitt's world of arts education, which was instrumental in the development of craft design programmes across country and evolved into degrees in visual arts & design at Eastern Institute of Technology.
Scott developed and ran the first degree in Māori Visual Arts for Whakairo, Raranga, Raungi for Te Wānanga O Aotearoa with Rongo Wetere then the Awatoru Masters bringing Culture & Business together by Design. Scott Design is his own practice where he has got to play across all these fields since 2000.

Linda Tyler completed her PhD on nineteenth century botanist and museum worker John Buchanan, and her MA on émigré architect Ernst Plischke. She is currently the convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland. As a curator, her projects for 2019 include an art exhibition at the New Zealand Maritime Museum to commemorate the visit of the Endeavour to Aotearoa in 1769, and Sculpture in the Gardens.

Despite growing up in Napier, she had never been inside any of John Scott’s buildings until she was asked to review Russell Walden’s book on Futuna Chapel for the Dominion in 1986. She quickly made up for lost time, and has visited churches and privately owned houses by John Scott in Havelock North as well as the Aniwaniwa Visitors’ Centre (demolished).

Nick Bevin FNZIA is a sole practitioner architect based in Petone. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Chair of the Friends of the Futuna Charitable Trust (from 2010) and currently sits on Heritage New Zealand’s  Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero Committee. Prior to pursuing his architectural profession Nick worked as a chainman, farm hand, alteration tailor, child care assistant , zookeeper and bus driver. He met John Scott in Auckland in 1983 and again in Haumoana in 1984.

As a director of design TRIBE architects Rau has over 25 years experience working with Māori community-based design projects and has for the past 20 years specialized in the design of Māori educational institutions in the wider Auckland area. He has worked extensively as an urban and cultural design consultant, as well as in iwi liaison capacities on a range of large public projects where he has co-developed the Te Aranga design principles with Tāmaki mana whenua. Rau sits on the Ministerial Advisory Group to the Minister of Housing, is active in Māori housing advocacy and papakāinga design projects as well as sitting on the Auckland Council urban Design, Public Arts Advisory and Heritage Advisory Panels. Rau teaches part-time at the Unitec Department of Architecture and, has been active in researching both traditional and hybrid Māori dwelling construction techniques. He presented the 13-part TV series Whare Māori, which won the AFTA for best information programme at the 2012 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards.

Public programmes associated with John Scott Works are supported by Auckland Arts Festival. This is a free event, hospitality provided by our extraordinary food partners Black Estate, Liberty Brewing and Amano.

Interior, Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre, John Scott, 1970-1976. Image: David Straight.