Historic Places Canterbury:Submission to the Environment Committee Inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill Exposure Draft

The following is the text of the Historic Places Canterbury Submission on the Natural and Built Environment Bill Exposure Draft.

Submitter Details
Full Name:Historic Places Canterbury
Contact: Lynne Lochhead

Submission to the Environment Committee Inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill Exposure Draft

Historic Places Canterbury (HPC), an independent regional society affiliated to Historic Places Aotearoa (HPA). HPC is the NZHPT (now Heritage New Zealand) approved body which the Canterbury Branch Committee transitioned to. Our objectives are the protection of heritage, providing local advocacy on heritage and promoting the education of the public in their appreciation of heritage values.

HPC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Bill. We note that the exposure draft only deals with a selection of provisions and that others are yet to be drafted. For this reason it is difficult to know how the drafted provisions will relate to the still to be drafted provisions and what impact the full draft might have on views. Nevertheless there are a number of matters which we wish to address in relation to the exposure draft. Given our role as an organization concerned with promoting protection of heritage our comments will largely address the impact of the Bill on managing and protecting cultural heritage in New Zealand.

HPC supports the need for a major reform of resource management law. The existing legislation, despite an emphasis on sustainability, has failed to adequately manage the natural environment, with key environmental indicators getting worse every year. lt has also proven to be insufficiently responsive to major issues such as global warming. Numerous amendments over time have resulted in an Act that is cumbersome and increasingly complex. A complete overhaul is timely.

HPC welcomes the emphasis on pursuing positive outcomes within clearly defined environmental limits and the emphasis on a national planning framework. However we feel concern that despite the name of the Bill, the importance of the built environment is downgraded in this draft and that cultural heritage is significantly downgraded from its status under s. 6 of the RMA as a matter of national importance.

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Warren Trust Heritage Lecture 2021

Tickets are sill available:

The Canterbury Heritage Awards is proud to bring back the thought-provoking and educational Warren Trust heritage lecture again for 2021.

Date: Thursday 10 June 2021

Venue: Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal

Time: 5:30pm

Cost: $10 includes light refreshments

You can purchase tickets at the following link:

https://events.humanitix.com/box-112-canterbury-heritage-awards-heritage-lecture

Keynote Speaker – Patrick Clifford

Patrick is a founding Director of Architectus and has been responsible for the design leadership of the practice’s major projects throughout New Zealand. He was awarded the highest honour in New Zealand architecture – the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to the body of work produced by Architectus.

Under his design leadership, Architectus has created an unrivalled record of award-winning projects across all building types. Architectus’ work has been recognised for its clarity of intent and resolution, its careful reading of context and content and ability to advance a broad cultural agenda. Heritage informs all the work whether it be at building or urban scale, or as a particular focus. Recent projects include ongoing contributions to the remaking of the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront that build on this marine industrial setting , a number of additions to the campus of the University of Auckland ,and the Centennial Chapel at St. Andrew’s College in Christchurch ,which retains a memory of its past by integrating and celebrating elements of its lost heritage, while responding sensitively to needs of the present.

Patrick is an astute and articulate architectural commentator. He has maintained a long running association with both schools of architecture in Auckland as a critic and tutor, including a two year Adjunct Professorship at Unitec. He has lectured widely on the work of Architectus both nationally and internationally, and contributed to a wide range of industry groups and organisations and is a past President of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects.

William Fulton NZIA B.Bsc, Dip LA, BArch


William is a registered Architect with over 15 years of professional experience following a double qualification in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He specialises in Heritage Conservation and Project delivery. He has been a Director of Fulton Ross Team Architects since 2007, and has a long list of involvement with Heritage projects both prior to and after the Canterbury earthquakes. These include, High St Revitalisation, New Regent St, Home & Family and the Trinity/Shand’s Restoration  Project.

Box112 Canterbury Heritage Awards 2021 Finalists

The finalists have been announced:

Domestic Saved and Restored:

  • Islay Cottage (Tony & Brenda Good)
  • Montrose Station Homestead (Wilson & Hill Architects)
  • The Britten Stables (The Britten Stables Ltd)
  • The Vicarage, Geraldine (Michael & Brigitte Barker)
  • Thornton Earl Manor (AO Architecture Ltd)

Public Realm Saved and Restored:

  • Balmoral Fire Lookout (Hawarden Waikari Lions Club)
  • Corner Kilmore and Barbadoes Streets (Tim & Anna Chesney)
  • Majestic on Durham (Sheppard & Rout)
  • The Pumphouse (P & J Snowdon & CGW Consulting Engineers)
  • Rose Chapel (Christchurch City Council)
  • The School of Art (The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora)
  • The Nurses’ Memorial Chapel (Christchurch City Council)

Outstanding Contribution to Heritage:

  • Governors Bay Heritage Trust
  • Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House (Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga)
  • Ng King Chinese Market Garden Settlement (Ng King descendants & Ashburton District Council)
  • Structural Performance book (Dmytro Dizhur)

Seismic:

The Stephen Collins Memorial Seismic Award, In recognition of services to heritage and leadership in personally building one of the strongest buildings in Christchurch.

  • Christchurch Town Hall (Warren and Mahoney)
  • Muse Art Hotel (Box 112)
  • Rakaia Gorge No. 1 Bridge (WSP & Downer)
  • Sacred Heart Basilica, Timaru (WSP NZ Ltd)
  • St Peter’s Church, Upper Riccarton (Church Property Trustees)
  • The Public Trust Office Building (Box 112)

Heritage Tourism:

  • Amiki Tours Urban Exploring (Amiki NZ Ltd)
  • Awaroa/Godley Head Coastal Defence Site (Department of Conservation)
  • Riverside Market Mural (Riverside Limited)
  • Waka on Avon (Ko Tane)

Future Heritage:

  • Aldersgate Centre (Wilkie + Bruce)
  • Memorial Bridge (Warren and Mahoney)
  • St Bede’s College Chapel (Wilkie + Bruce Architects)
  • Tūranga Christchurch Central Library (Architectus)

The Supreme Awards Winner will be selected from the Category Award Winners.

The 2021 Awards Ceremony will be held on 11 June at the Christ’s College Dining Hall. For information on purchasing tickets, please email info@heritageawards.co.nz.

MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE NEED TO RETAIN THE THREATENED NG BUILDING From: Christchurch Civic Trust and Historic Places Canterbury.

18 March, 2021

MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE NEED TO RETAIN THE THREATENED NG BUILDING From: Christchurch Civic Trust and Historic Places Canterbury.

  1. The Christchurch Civic Trust (“CCT”) and Historic Places Canterbury (“HPC”) strongly support the retention of the historic NG building, 212 Madras St. “Our primary aim is to see this important heritage building retained for the city’s future,” said Mark Gerrard, Chair of HPC.
  2. Professor Chris Kissling, Chair of CCT said “We object to the fate of the building being a matter subject to special post-earthquakes legislation by which normal RMA democratic process is bypassed. Much to the detriment of democracy and the city, this approach was freely used by the National-led government and now, in several other instances by the Labour government.”
  3. “The NG building was not included at the time CCDU was compulsorily acquiring properties in the Madras St area,” continued Dr Kissling. “Owners Roland Logan and Sharon Ng have shown incredible determination in retaining, earthquake strengthening and fully restoring this wonderful building. It will be manifestly unfair if LINZ does not honour the promise CERA made to them that their building would not be included at a later date in the acquisitions and that the historic building was capable of being incorporated in the design of the all-purpose arena”. He noted that the NG Boutique Café and Gallery was awarded a Category A Award in the Christchurch Civic Trust Annual Awards in 2009. “We are proud to continue our support for this building and its owners Roland Logan and Sharon Ng in their hour of need”.
  4. “We appeal to the Minister for LINZ Hon Damien O’Connor to intervene and direct his ministry to act in good faith towards the owners”, Chris Kissling continued. Kissling and Gerrard are appalled that ten tears after the earthquake event, strong-arm government action is still being used to deny public participation, bypassing the RMA. “We would like to remind the Government that in opposition firstly Grant Robertson and then Jacinda Ardern, as spokespersons for heritage, were vocal in their condemnation of the National-led government’s ‘scorched earth’ treatment of post-quake Christchurch heritage, including the widespread use of the s38 and the compulsory acquisition of inner-city sites for various redevelopment projects.”
  5. CCT and HPC wholeheartedly support members of the public who have written to The Press urging the designers to exercise their utmost creativity to ensure that the building becomes an integral part of the complex. Retention and integration of the distinctive exterior and wonderful interior, complete with its original kauri match lining walls and kauri flooring, would provide a vivid link to this site’s past and a shining example of how old and new can co-exist. It is an important reminder of the commercial buildings of the past which are all too rare in the city.
  1. TheChristchurchCityCouncildocument‘OurHeritage,OurTaonga–HeritageStrategy 2019 – 29’ shows that context and function are important parts of what constitutes ‘heritage’; this building was a key part of the commercial urban fabric of the city for well over 100 years and it stands as one of the very few survivors in this part of the city. From the document: Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner, Introduction p4 “Our heritage is precious and valuable. It has social, cultural, educational, recreational and commercial benefits. It contributes to our cultural wellbeing and brings visitors to the district.” Executive Summary P 10: “We have always shown pride in our heritage, and have a long history of striving to protect it. The loss of our heritage buildings and places as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes changed Christchurch forever. ... It has also raised awareness of the importance of retaining our remaining built heritage as being vital to the district’s identity.” (our emphasis)
  2. “Intheextremelyregrettableeventofitbeingdeemedabsolutelyimpossibleto incorporate the NG building into the stadium, HPC and CCT would fully support relocation to a nearby site, if requested by the owners, who have investigated means by which this could be achieved,” said Mark Gerrard. He notes that Murray Strong, Chair of the arena’s project delivery company appears to be very interested in the possibility of a location move for the building. “Heritage New Zealand Poutere Taonga and Christchurch City Council Heritage Team would need to be fully involved in this process,” Gerrard added.
  3. RossGray,DeputyChairofbothgroupssaid,“Withclimatechangeinmind,wewishto draw attention to the part the retention of existing building stock can and should play in mitigating the effects of climate change. The adage that ‘the greenest building is the one standing’ has unfortunately not been a guideline for the treatment of heritage buildings post-Canterbury earthquakes.”
  4. “Cement production alone accounts for about 8% of global CO2 emissions. As it is, the destruction of AMI stadium and the construction of the enormous new covered all-purpose arena will incur a heavy environmental toll. The retention of the embodied energy of the building along with the retention of its invaluable historic record should be regarded as essential and complementary aspects of the development of this new Christchurch facility,” Gray said.

10. Christchurch Civic Trust and Historic Places Canterbury urge all parties to work together to achieve a win-win for heritage, sport and culture – and for the environment.

Media Contact: Ross Gray 021 206 3620

“Artist Bill Sutton’s house opens to the public” Media Release

Sutton Heritage House and Garden,
20 Templar Street, Richmond.
Open 2–4.30pm, Sunday 7 March 2021.
Entry is by koha.

MEDIA RELEASE

Artist Bill Sutton’s house opens to the public

The home of Bill Sutton, one of Canterbury’s best known painters, will open to the public for the first time on Sunday 7 March. A decade on from the Christchurch earthquakes, and 21 years after Sutton’s death, the Sutton Heritage House and Garden will be offered as an artist’s residence and studio in conjunction with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and the Ilam School of Fine Arts. When not in use by visiting artists, it will be available for visits by the public, community talks, seminars, workshops and art exhibitions.

The opening of the Sutton Heritage House and Garden is the realisation of the vision of former owner, Neil Roberts, who purchased the house following the artist’s death to ensure its preservation and with the intention of gifting it to the city for use as an artist’s residency. Following the 2011 earthquakes, Roberts’ plan was frustrated by the red-zoning of the section of Richmond where the house is located at 20 Templar Street. Roberts had no choice but to sell the property to the Crown but, following several years of uncertainty, and aided by the powerful advocacy of Dame Ann Hercus, an agreement was reached to retain the house and garden and designate the adjacent land as Sutton Park. 

The Sutton Heritage House and Garden Charitable Trust was formed in 2018 to administer the house; ownership of the house and associated land was transferred to Christchurch City Council in 2020. Having suffered minor earthquake damage, the house has been fully restored with only minor adaptations required to allow for public use. 

Sutton’s house and studio was designed for the artist by his friend and colleague at the School of Fine Arts, Tom Taylor. Completed in 1963, it is a notable example of mid 20th-century modern design and a rare example of a house designed to meet an artist’s specific requirements. It includes a large, north-facing studio where Sutton painted many of the works for which he is so well known. The rambling garden reflects Sutton’s philosophy of ‘nature knows best’.

Members of the public are invited to view the house and garden on Sunday 7 March, 2–4.30pm, following an opening ceremony by Mayor Lianne Dalziel. Entry is by koha. Because of the small size of the house and garden, numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 40 persons within the house at any one time.

Sutton Heritage House and Garden, 20 Templar Street, Richmond. Open 2–4.30pm, Sunday 7 March 2021.

The Canterbury Earthquake: 10 Years On

"Why hundreds of heritage buildings were demolished in Christchurch post-quake"
The Press Online.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/124157655/why-hundreds-of-heritage-buildings-were-demolished-in-christchurch-postquake

"Christchurch's top 10 post-earthquake heritage restorations"
The Press Online
https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/124249096/christchurchs-top-10-postearthquake-heritage-restorations