The New Zealand Heritage Plaque. (Formerly known as the Heritage Blue Plaque.)

The New Zealand Heritage Plaque. (Formerly known as the Heritage Blue Plaque.)

The New Zealand Heritage Plaque. (Formerly known as the Heritage Blue Plaque.)

Are you interested in a New Zealand Heritage Plaque?
The Historic Places Aotearoa Member Organisations are keen to help you with the text, co-ordinate the production etc.
Contact us on the following Email and we’ll give you the contact details of the nearest heritage group:
The New Zealand Heritage Plaque- An Explanation

The New Zealand Heritage Plaques project is a new initiative from Historic Places Mid Canterbury to identify and promote our local built heritage, through the use of a distinctive and bold blue cast aluminium plaque fixed to the facades of our more significant historic buildings.

As well as giving a short history of the building, informing locals and visitors about its particular historical significance, the New Zealand Heritage Plaques aim to increase the prominence of our historic buildings, encouraging increased awareness of our local history and supporting the retention of our existing heritage assets. They also assist in reinforcing the importance and value of these buildings to the local community and help foster a desire to protect and maintain our unique local history and identity.

The success of the project within the Ashburton District has encouraged the group to start promoting the scheme further afield, through Historic Places Aotearoa and its Member Organisations, and eventually take the programme nationwide, creating an instantly recognisable symbol which proudly identifies our nation’s valued built heritage.

Dame Anna Crighton-For Services To Heritage Preservation And Governance (New Years Honours)

Anna Crighton at the launch of Historic Places Aotearoa, held at Government House.

HPA inaugural President Dr Anna Crighton was awarded the title Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours (2020) for services to Heritage Preservation and Governance.

Dame Anna in an interview with RNZ National stated. "I'm proud of Historic Places Aotearoa...".
(10.32" into the interview.)
Link to RNZ National Interview follows:

New Year Honours: Anna Crighton fierce fighter for our unique heritage: NZ Herald reports:

Christchurch heritage campaigner Anna Crighton becomes a dame: The Press reports:

“Wellington City Council headed to court over earthquake-prone buildings” RNZ Morning Report (06:12:2019)

Wellington City Council headed to court over earthquake-prone buildings :RNZ Morning Report.

The link can be found at the following:

"For the first time, a council is going to court to get the power to strengthen two heritage listed, earthquake-prone buildings - because the owners refuse to do so.

"The Wellington City Council's strengthening deadlines for the Toomath's Building on Ghuznee Street, and the Adelaide Hotel on Adelaide Road both expired in 2013.

"Now the council says despite extensive efforts to work with the building owners, there has been no progress, and it has now lost confidence they will do the necessary work.

"The council's Chief Resilience Officer, Mike Mendonca speaks to Kim Hill.

New Zealand Heritage “Blue” Plaques- The Locations (As At December 2019)

The following are the locations of the New Zealand Heritage "Blue"Plaques that have been installed. (This is the latest updated list as at December 2019. )

The Railway Footbridge Blue Plaque on its concrete plinth.

Railway Footbridge - East Street, Ashburton

Pioneer Hall - 239 Havelock Street, Ashburton

Church of the Holy Name - 58 Sealy St, Ashburton

Ashford’s Mill House - Ashford Craft Village, 415-429 West St, Ashburton

Federated Farmers Building - 163-165 West St, Ashburton (corner West & Tancred Sts)

Hakatere Station - Hakatere Corner, 2387 Ashburton Gorge Road

Ashburton Courthouse - Baring Square West, Ashburton (Corner Baring Sq & Cameron Sts)

Doctor’s House, Kurow - Robinson St, Kurow (cnr Robinson St & Manse Rd)