NZ Archaeological Week 2019 : The Canterbury events

Kaikoura

Christchurch

You view the full program at the following link:
https://nzarchaeology.org/news-events/national-archaeology-week

Historic Places Submission: Braided Rivers building proposed occupation of legal road in Cathedral Square

Historic Places Canterbury made the following Submission to the CCC.

Historic Places Canterbury is concerned at the impact of the proposed canopy on:

  1. the heritage values of the square and
  2. the effective privatisation of a public space represented by the 6.9 metre encroachment in to the square
  3. as well as the impact of the proposal on the lime trees, which form part of the heritage fabric of the square, .

Although both the heritage consultant for the applicant and the Council's heritage advisor for the Council consider that the impact of the canopy on the heritage of the square is minor. Historic Places Canterbury disagrees.

Although having a building returned to this site is important for re-delinineating the form of the cruciform maltese cross, which is an essential aspect of the heritage of the square, by projecting 6.9 meters beyond the building line, this design effectively muddies the form. The Spark building proposed for the opposite side of Colombo Street adheres to the building line, so the canopy will create a visual anomaly.

It has been argued that there is precedent for verandahs projecting into the space of the square and this is certainly true. However, the height and scale of this design makes it quite different in its impact. The United Services hotel had a verandah projecting immediately above the ground floor. Viewing the building from the Square, the several stories above were what defined the edge of the cross form. The supporting columns for verandahs were also typically fine with limited impact upon the pavement, whereas these, to judge from the plan, are bulky and quite intrusive. Traditional verandah were clearly an add-on to the building and were not read as something which extended the building into the realm of public space, whereas this integrated canopy impinges on public space and by implication privatises it.

This effect is emphasised by the presence of the columns occupying space in the legal road. It will be the perception of members of the public that the space below the canopy is effectively that of the adjacent building.

Historic Places Canterbury is concerned, that not only does this proposal impinge upon the heritage of the Square, but that it will set a precedent for further intrusion into the public space of the Square. While we recognise the desirability of activity around the edges of the Square, this proposal, by creating a permanent structure which is an integral part of the building design, goes well beyond a license to put out tables and chairs.

In fact, Historic Places Canterbury is surprised that a design which intrudes to such an extent into the premier heritage space of the city, was treated as a non-notified resource consent, with the opportunity to comment only arising from the technicality that it intrudes onto a legal road.

The proposed canopy extends right up to the existing tree line of the 3 lime trees adjacent to the building. The Council arborist has indicated that these have not yet reached maturity and could double in size. It is accepted that these will require clearance pruning for construction of the verandah and ongoing maintenance pruning. The beauty of the lime trees lies in its symmetrical form. This will be severely compromised if constant pruning is required on the building side of the tree. Indeed it is not difficult to foresee that the ongoing cost of this work and the problem of leaf litter caused by the trees will before long result in pressure for their removal. Were this to happen it would be a significant loss of public amenity. If consent were to be granted,

Historic Places Canterbury believes that the Council should be responsible for the pruning to ensure that the best possible job is done, with the cost to be borne by the building owner. However, we believe that the impact of this design on the trees is such that at the very least, the canopy needs to be scaled back. Although we consider that building is an attractive addition to the city, we believe that the overhanging canopy element of the design needs to be reconsidered.

Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan 2019-2020- Submission From Historic Places Canterbury

Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan 2019-2020

Submission from Historic Places Canterbury

Mayors and Councillors;

Thank You for the opportunity to make this Submission.

Historic Places Canterbury (HPC) requests the Councillors pass on our appreciation of the efforts and application of the Council Heritage Team. 

They have worked hard ensuring the Stakeholders and Residents were kept informed and HPC considers the recently adopted Heritage Strategy to be a credit to them and the Council as a whole.

In addition, we request the Councillors pass on our appreciation of Richie Moyle and his team in their ongoing efforts in restoring and repairing the Councils Heritage Buildings. Highlights in the past year include the reopening of the Nurse’s Memorial Chapel and Historic Rose Chapel.

Historic Places Canterbury wishes to acknowledge the passing of the heritage stalwart Pam Wilson. Her passing is a loss to us all.

HPC in addition wishes to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the recently retired Dave Hinman who served this Council for 50 years.

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Christchurch Heritage Festival, Monday 7 to Monday 28 October 2019

Christchurch Heritage Festival

Heritage Week, now the Christchurch Heritage Festival, is an annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate our heritage.

Christchurch Heritage Festival, Monday 7 to Monday 28 October 2019

Ōtautahi Christchurch’s Heritage Week has been held annually for over 20 years. The event continues to involve many people, groups and organisations and has not been a calendar week for some time. In order to accommodate all the event providers and be able to include both Labour Weekend and part of the October school holidays, the festival will run over three weeks this year. The event will change its name to the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

2019 Theme: Encounter our Stories

This year it's 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand. This anniversary is being acknowledged by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage through the Tuia - Encounters 250 (Tuia 250)(external link) commemorations that are being planned around the country in 2019.             

Ōtautahi Christchurch has many stories including those of Ngāi Tahu, the European settlers, Pasifika and people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. During the Christchurch Heritage Festival let’s share stories from our history that link us to this place and all the peoples that have journeyed and settled here. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata - weave together the strands, weave together the people.

https://ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-community/heritage/christchurch-heritage-festival/

Want to be involved?

The first opportunity to find out about the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019 will be at the community event providers’ meeting on Tuesday 7 May at Christchurch City Council's Te Hononga Civic Building, 53 Hereford Street.  Please enter from Hereford Street and go up to the Function Room on the first floor next to the café. 

We welcome new and returning event providers to join the Christchurch Heritage Festival programme. Online event applications will open soon after the meeting. Keep an eye on this page for more details.

Email heritage@ccc.govt.nz for Christchurch Heritage Festival enquiries or to be added to the email list for updates.

Historic Places Canterbury C.C.C. Public Forum Presentation- The Town Hall (And The Arches)

The following is the text of the Public Forum Presentation given by the Chair of HPC to the Christchurch City Council.

CCC Public Forum Presentation: Christchurch Town Hall (and the Arches)

28thFeb  2019

Deputy Mayor and Councillors

Thank You for allowing Historic Places Canterbury (HPC) to make this Public Forum Presentation.

HPC wishes to offer our congratulations and express our appreciation to the Councillors, past and present, the Council Staff, Engineers, Acoustic Engineers Architects and related Building Professionals, Hawkins and the Sub Contractors for their efforts in the successful restoration and enhancement of the Christchurch Town Hall. Our Town Hall!

HPC wishes to acknowledge the efforts of Sir Miles Warren, Maurice Mahoney Dr Ian Lochhead, Dr Jessica Halliday, and the many individuals and groups who made Deputations,  wrote letters to remind us why the Town Hall’s restoration is important to our city. The Town Hall is special and we await for Dr Ian Lochhead to inform us how special it really is when his book is released.

HPC wishes to draw the attention of the Councillors to the CCC Staff (and Hawkins) whose actions will be not be widely known but for whom HPC is appreciative. From Senior Managers down there was a concerted effort to ensure the Heritage Advocates were briefed on the work as it progressed and gave explanations on  how the buildings heritage features and interior objects would be retained and restored. As Chair of HPC I have been on three tours to view the progress of the work. On numerous occasions CCC Managers have introduced themselves to me. They have been informative, discrete, inclusive and attentive to the details- the CCC at its best.

HPC would like to draw the Councillors attention and commend another CCC Staff initiative. The asphalting of the Arches and Landscaping of their surroundings.

We now have a weatherproof path connecting the CBD and Victoria Street via the Arches and Victoria Square. CERA proposed a permanent pathway in their Victoria Square Restoration Consultation. For reasons unknown nothing eventuated until the Council Staff took the initiative. The CCC Staff organised the asphalting and landscaping. It is a great outcome that Councillors I am sure you will agree with

HPC asks that while we celebrate the Town Hall opening we should continue bragging about our Heritage in our Civic Discourse. We have much to be proud of: The Christchurch Town Hall, the Isaac Theatre Royal, the Arts Cente, Provincial Council Buildings,   we are the home of the Hamilton jet, Rutherford's University, Kate Shepherd and the campaigners for the votes for women, the Brazier Brothers responsible for the first commercial top dressing drop, McDougal's gift of an Art Gallery, Thomas Edmunds expression of gratitude by gifting us the Poplars, Band Rotunda and Clock Tower , Ell's vision of the Port Hills that is still as relevant today and the Great Christchurch Public Debates to name a few. It is a heritage we should be celebrating in our everyday conversation and public discourse

Finally to close HPC notes the individual moments are as important as the great civic events, the Town Hall joins the Isaac Theatre Royal the Great Hall of the Arts Centre and our heritage buildings where the individual magic is recreated. At every citizenship ceremony , Christchurch School of Music Concert, University Graduation the Town Hall will recreate the individual magic again and again and again.

Thank You Councillors.

Mark Gerrard
Chair Historic Places Canterbury

The Restored Christchurch Town Hall Open Days- (This) Saturday 23 and Sunday 24th February: Noon to 6pm.

The doors to the restored Christchurch Town Hall will be thrown open to the public on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.

Take a self-guided tour, enjoy the entertainment and see how we’ve restored this significant venue for the city.

On show will be the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, the foyer, the Avon Room, the Victoria and Limes Rooms.  James Hay Theatre is still a work in progress but you’ll get a sneak peek of the space.

Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, will open the doors to the public at noon on Saturday 23 February.
Details at the following links:
https://ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/whats-on/show/2346

https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/future-projects/major-facilities/townhall/

“Historic Christchurch homestead Mona Vale reopening for ‘coffee and cake’ ” The Press Online Article

Historic Christchurch homestead Mona Vale reopening for 'coffee and cake' The Press Online
Historic Places Canterbury Chair Mark Gerrard quoted in article.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/110597414/historic-christchurch-homestead-mona-vale-reopening-for-coffee-and-cake

Macmillan Brown Library – Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown- Digital Archive Online

Macmillan Brown Library | Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown archive is online. You can search the collections at the following link:
https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/libraries/macmillan-brown-library/

You can view the Architectural Plans, documents, images, art etc in the collection:
http://kohika.canterbury.ac.nz/opac_canterbury/SCRIPTS/mwimain.dll?UNIONSEARCH&APPLICATION=UNION_VIEW&LANGUAGE=144&SHOWINGLE=Y&ERRMSG=[opac_canterbury]ERROR.HTM&EXP=SUBJECT_CL%20%22Architecture%22

Historic Places Canterbury: Recognised In CCC Survey

Source: The future of heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula – survey results

As part of the Heritage Engagement the CCC conducted  a survey and the results were released in :
The future of heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula – survey results

Asked "Which of these heritage organisations and events have you heard of?"

Historic Places Canterbury's name recognition was ranked with CCC's Heritage Week!