Newman Hall

16 Waterloo Quadrant
Auckland, Auckland
Newman Hall built in 1863 for one of Auckland’s most spectacularly successful businessmen, David Nathan of LD Nathans.
Bella Vista, as it was then called is of imported brick and has a portico of Bath stone.
It is owned now by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, which uses it as it's Auckland University Base.
The land surrounding the landmark building bears it's own significance, as a spring which still flows there forms an integral part of Ngati Whatua history. It used to serve a pa in the area, and formed one of the earliest parts of Maori-Pakeha history when the Iwi rolled barrels of water down Queen Street to be sold captains of ships berthed in the harbour.
Later a privately owned commercial bottling plant operated there.
In 2015 Auckland Council and the Catholic Diocese came into conflict over Ngati Whatua's interest in the site, which had been scheduled on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.
The Diocese wants to build a 10,000 square metre high-rise office building and carparking on the site as well as a restoration and conservation plan for Newman Hall.
No resolution was reached.

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