Projects



Much of our work is for public institutions: art galleries and museums across New Zealand. Clients also include local councils, Heritage New Zealand and the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.

We also work with iwi groups and marae and serve a selected base of private clients.


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Frame Conservation and Custom Crating

Client: Auckland Art Gallery
Conservation of the frame for the Burne Jones painting “Fortitude” as well as design and manufacture of an insulated custom travel and storage crate.


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Evacuation of Rotorua Museum
Client: Rotorua Lakes Council 2017 - 2018

Evacuation of the collection from Rotorua Museum which was closed following the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016: this involved developing a risk assessment and methodology as well as oversight for the safe temporary removal of large collection items such as the Summer sculptures and large taonga


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Maori War Memorial
Moutoa Gardens Whanganui 2009 - 2015
Client: Paikatore - Moutoa Gardens Historic Reserves Board

The project involved the preparation of a Conservation Plan (2009), and working with the main contractor Goldfield Stone to implement the works which involved the partial dismantling after 3D mapping, numbering of all stones, creating new foundations and stone by stone reconstruction of the memorial 2013 - 2015

Consulting Engineers: Tony Moran and Stephen Crundwell  (Opus)

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Medical Corps Memorial
Palmerston North
2015 - 2016
Client: NZ Defense Force

Preparation of the Conservation Plan and supervision of the project. The conservation work was carried out by Marco Buerger, stone mason and stone conservator

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Te Arawa Soldiers Memorial, Rotorua
2016 - 2019
Client: Rotorua Lakes Council

Preparation of the Conservation Plan and supervision of the project.
The conservation work was carried out by Marco Buerger, stone mason and stone conservator.

The work also involved liaison with NZMAACI and Rotorua Carver Rakei Kingi in the replication of lost carvings.

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Dismantling of the Ralph Hotere artwork “Founders Memorial Theatre Mural

November 2017
Client: Hamilton City Council

The 27 panels comprising the mural had originally been glued and nailed to a framework attached to the concrete wall of the Founders Theatre in Hamilton in 1973. Manawatu Museum Services Ltd was asked to remove the panels and pack these into custom crates for temporary storage.
The work was carried out in partnership with Aaron Roberts and Jonah Aslund.

The crates were made by
Calavera Ltd, Auckland

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Old Ngapuhi Railway Station, Kaikohe, Northland 2013 - 2015

Client: Heritage Kaikohe (Pioneer Village)

Identified as the last surviving station of its type from the Northern Branch Line, Manawatu Museum Services prepared a project restoration methodology to complement the 2011 Conservation Plan prepared by
archifact. A significant aspect of the work included the full preservation of the extensive graffiti of messages inscribed on the interior walls of the shelter. The project was completed in partnership with Jonah Aslund of Source Design

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The “Army 8” rowing skiff 2015 - 2020
Client: Waiouru Army Museum

Built in 1917 for the NZ Expeditionary Force in England, the boat required extensive restoration and conservation. The work is due to be completed by June 2020 and is carried out with the assistance of Aaron Roberts of Exhibition Engineering, Palmerston North.

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Bourail War Cemetery in New Caledonia
Client: Ministry of Culture & Heritage / War Graves Commission 2011 - 2017

The project involved extensive restoration of stonework and foundations of the chapel as well as the Wall of Honour and the grave markers requiring six missions in the six year period. The work was carried out in conjunction with engineers of the NZ Defense Force, objects conservator Francois Leurquin, stone conservator Marco Buerger and local contractors.


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Deinstallation of three large pouwhenua for conservation, 2018

Client: IPU, Palmerston North

The three John Bevan Ford pouwhenua had been installed in 1991 and were found to be in an advanced state of deterioration through decay in 2017. The project involved the separation of the carvings from their concrete foundations and transport to temporary storage for drying and evaluation for conservation. The work was carried out in conjunction with Warren Warbrick and Marco Buerger.


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Hall of Remembrance, Stratford, 2000
Client: Stratford District Council

Comprehensive refurbishment of the 184 framed photographs of soldiers killed in the two world wars. This included the conservation of frames and photographs and the reconfiguration in their original sequence of display as well as the restoration of the display cases.

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Nukutewhatewha at The Dowse in January 2007
Client: The Dowse

The work involved the surface cleaning of the pataka following the refurbishment of The Dowse in 2006-2007.



Three Pouwhenua by John Bevan Ford 2017 - 2020

Client: Palmerston North City Council

Preparation of a Conservation Plan (2010), deinstallation of the three pou and transport to temporary storage for drying in 2017.
Conservation of the three pou from December 2018

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Free Standing Forms by Russell Clark
2018 -2019
Client: Lower Hutt City Council

Conservation Plan prepared in 2016. The conservation of the sculpture in 2018 - 19 involved the deinstallation of the five ciment fondue elements, transport to the studio and reinstallation in June 2019 following comprehensive conservation / restoration. The work was carried out in partnership with stone conservator Marco Buerger and Jonah Aslund of Source Design.

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Frame Conservation, including gilding and bespoke manufacture of historic frames.

The fully carved and gilt frame shown was designed and made for Auckland Art Gallery to replace the non-original frame for a painting by Leonardo Coccorante╩╝ “
Landscape with Roman Ruins and Figures” (2016 - 2017).
The frame was a Manawatu Museum Services Ltd project executed with the participation of Miriam von Mulert (carver) and Harald Bettin (gilder).

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Frame Conservation, including gilding and bespoke manufacture of historic frames.

The composition material gilt frame shown was designed and made for Auckland Art Gallery for the “
Assumption Madonna” by Lord Frederick Leighton and is based on a frame in the collection of the Sarjeant Art Gallery for a Burne Jones artwork.
The frame was a Manawatu Museum Services Ltd project executed with the participation of Aaron Roberts (joinery) and Harald Bettin (gilding).


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Bespoke crates for storage, transport and Art handling.

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Miscellaneous Projects

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Restoration of the Whanganui Krupp Gun - Conservation Plan and project supervision.
Client: Whanganui Regional Museum, 2006

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Restoration of Don Driver sculpture “Cats” and manufacture a replica for outside display.
Client: New Plymouth District Council, 2012

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The Medici Furniture conservation
Client: The Sarjeant Art Gallery, 2010


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Te Waharoa, 2008

Client: Auckland City Council

A collaboration with Jeremy Lawrence to document, condition report and dismantle the
Selwyn Muru sculpture for restoration.