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Paul Mahoney

Paul Mahoney

Paul Mahoney is Manager Historic Heritage in the Head Office of the Department of Conservation. The role involves developing heritage program systems and standards, and providing technical information and training to staff. A current initiative is fostering the development of twenty Icon Sites that tell engaging stories of Kiwi identity. 

The Department manages as many as 150 sites and structures throughout New Zealand with engineering heritage values, including 12 of the Icon sites. These include some of New Zealand’s most popular engineering heritage sites like North Head fortifications, Karangahake gold mines, the Bridge to Nowhere and the Central Otago Rail Trail.

Paul trained as a civil engineer and has worked professionally in heritage since 1981. He also continues a volunteer involvement that started in 1967. He has presented conference papers on a range of engineering heritage topics including: roads, horse tracks, bush tramways, railway infrastructure, bridges and the timber industry.

Paul is concerned at the low uptake of heritage values in society, and believes that focusing on improved communications will bring long-term benefits. For any heritage initiative to succeed, both short-term and long-term, it must include a strong element of effective engagement with the public. A challenge is that this area of work is not familiar territory to most heritage enthusiasts.

Paper: Telling Engineering Heritage Stories

Abstract: Engineering heritage is one of the most difficult areas of heritage management. On the positive side, two engineering heritage places are highly popular with the NZ public. For any heritage place, the essential element of long-term success is to effectively communicate its value in a manner that will capture the interest of the next generation. Modern audiovisual has great potential to both preserve engineering heritage and also communicate its value, and it must be used more widely.

This paper sets the strategic context for Tom Williamson’s conference presentation on the power of audiovisuals as a medium to both preserve and to tell engineering heritage stories.

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David Dolan
Wayne Johnson
Euan McQueen
Robert McWilliam
Duncan Waterson
David Beauchamp
Trevor Butler
Matthew Churchward
Andrew Cleland
Rachael Egerton
John Fitzmaurice
Don Fraser
John Gibson
Owen Graham
David Hamilton
Bill Harvey
Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
Paul Mahoney
Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
Peter Marquis-Kyle
Gavin McLean
Rob Merrifield
Owen Peake
Miles Pierce
John Porter
Nigel Ridgway
Tony Silke
Jim Staton
Richard Venus
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