Other Activities

Keith Huntington

Significant Architectural Projects 

As graduate with Ministry of Works: 

Organised major alterations to the MoW head office building to accommodate a new mainframe computer.

A period as the Government’s representative for the Old St Pauls’ renovation.

Organised farm facilities for a Mana Island Quarantine station, which was to check for Scrapie disease.

(The precaution was needed which is why the Island now does not have any farming activity.)


As Registered Architect

In London:

Re-purposing Victorian buildings for commercial and education purposes.

preliminary and developed design for local authority pensioner housing.

preliminary and developed design for a rural community centre.

On return to New Zealand:

Contract documentation for a four-storey office building and carpark with two-storey shopping plaza below.

Forensic architecture investigations and reporting.

Contract documentation and contract administration for a college gymnasium.

Contract documentation for two teaching blocks at Wellington Polytechnic. (not built)

Contract documentation and administration for major library & entry extension at Wellington Polytechnic.

Continuing alterations and extensions at Wellington Teachers College

Contract variations, checking and ‘trouble-shooting’ for original major extension of Queensgate shopping plaza.

Converting an existing warehouse in Foxton to accommodate the Manawatu Historic Vehicle Collection Trust.


Key Community Involvements

Various committee positions with NZIA and AMINZ.

1983-1989: Member of Wellington East Girls College Board of Governors – convenor of Buildings Sub-committee during the period of establishing and designing the College’s major redevelopment and refurbishment.

Founding Convenor of Architect Against Nuclear Arms. 1984

NZIA Study Tour to China, Hong Kong and Singapore. 1987; Trade and ‘Sister-City’ Delegate to Eastern China           1998;  study tour to China 2018.

Mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand, since 1997, through Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Past Member and President of Lions Club of Wellington (Host) Inc

Executive Secretary for the NZ Society of Potters 1997-1999 and Wellington District Delegate 1999-2000


Major Publications

Essay “Forward – To The New Basics” published in the NZ Planning Council’s commentary –  ‘Curriculum: Core or Corset – Community & Business Views’  May 1991.  This was at the time of ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’.

Mediation article in September 1997 issue of “The Chamber” published by the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Written paper on Mediation to accompany presentations at the 1998 NZIA-CPD National Seminar Series.

Since 2014 – Regular contributions to ‘EBOSS Detailed Blogs Monthly Digests’ on sustainability topics.

‘Mediation – Why is “Why?” so important’.   Paper published in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Society of Construction Law held in Istanbul, Turkey.  October 2023