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!

“Famous artist Bill Sutton’s Christchurch red zone house saved from demolition, will be restored and gifted to city” The Press (Online Article)

Famous artist Bill Sutton's Christchurch red zone house saved from demolition, will be restored and gifted to city The Press

"Renowned New Zealand artist Bill Sutton's former home and studio in Christchurch's residential red zone has been saved from demolition.

Instead, it will be restored and gifted to the city. ..."

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/103256576/famous-artist-bill-suttons-christchurch-red-zone-house-saved-from-demolition-will-be-restored-and-gifted-to-city

Blue Heritage Plaque Contact Details

Are you interested in a Blue Heritage Plaque?

Historic Places Canterbury is the local contact if you are interested in a Blue Heritage Plaque.
The Contact Email for the Blue Heritage Plaque Project is: blueplaque@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz

The Blue Heritage Plaque- An Explanation

The Blue 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. (more…)

“Women in Archaeology A national Archaeology Week event” 7.00pm, 6th May Teece Museum of Classical Antinquities 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch

Women in ArchaeologyA national Archaeology Week event

06/05/2018

Women’s history is hidden history. Official histories, records and publications usually chart men’s lives. Archaeology is one of the ways we can uncover the female perspective by finding out what women in the past owned, did with their bodies, created, and consumed.

The UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga are hosting an amazing line-up of six female archaeologists, who will talk and answer questions on how archaeology can reveal women’s hidden histories. Join us to hear about women in the Mithraic cult, Iberian pre-history, and colonial Christchurch.

because this year is the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women winning the vote, the conversation will also focus on the personal and professional decisions of our female archaeologists. In the first half, oral historian Rosemary Baird will engage three of our archaeologists in a frank discussion about the why and how of their careers. The second half features a "show and tell" artefact session of post-earthquake artefacts relating to Canterbury women, followed by an illustrated talk on the international history of female archaeologists.

Part of the nationwide NZAA Archaeology Week programme, this free event has a limit of 60 seats, so be sure to book quickly. Guests will also invited to explore the Teece Museum’s new exhibition Beyond the Grave: Death in ancient times (opening 5 May) during the intermission.

When?Sunday 6 May 7.00pm
Venue Teece Museum of Classical Antinquities 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch (access via Arts Centre South Quad)

Tickets Tickets available - see www.canterbury.ac.nz

Victoria Square Re-Opening: Speech Given By Dr. Anna Crighton.

Victoria Square's Bowker Fountain at night. (Image sourced Otakaro)

Dr Anna Crighton has generously provided us with the text of the speech she gave at the Victoria Square Re-Opening.

The history of Victoria Square was the subject of Dr Crighton's speech.
"So Victoria Square has had a colourful history, pre and post European settlement. It was a favourite food gathering place for Maori, it was the centre of the city in early settlement times and it was the birthplace of radical Christchurch. Victoria Square is historically relevant for Christchurch - past present and into the future as a contemplative heart of the city – it is Christchurch at its best."
The text of Dr. Crighton's speech is as follows:
 
VICTORIA SQUARE REOPENING
Friday 9 April 2018

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“Sad passing of heritage stalwart” Pam Wilson (2 March 1937 – 11 February 2018) [“Heritage This Month March 2018”]

"Sad passing of heritage stalwart" Pam Wilson (2 March 1937 - 11 February 2018)

Pam Wilson began work for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT, now Heritage New Zealand) after being on the branch committee for some years in the early 1980s.  She worked on the Women’s/Promotions Committee, focusing on advocacy for heritage conservation, raising money to help with projects and elevating the profile of the organisation generally, including gaining more members.  In January 1989 Pam began work as the NZHPT Regional Officer for Canterbury, based first in a tiny office in what was then the Peterborough Centre, administered by the Arts Centre.  The office moved for a short time into the Cranmer Centre and then to the former Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings.  Gradually other staff joined Pam and, with her leadership, the team made huge strides in the recognition and protection of a wealth of historic places throughout Canterbury and the West Coast.

Pam was instrumental in saving many historic places in Canterbury and the West Coast, including the Nurses' Memorial Chapel and the Edmunds Factory Gardens.  She sat on many trusts, including the Riccarton House and Bush Trust and the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust, and was on 'cup of tea and biscuit' status with all of the Category 1 owners of Canterbury's large homesteads.  She was also a very astute negotiator and would front to developers and tell them how important historic places were.

By the time of her retirement in 2007, Pam’s office had been in the NZHPT offices in Gough House on Hereford Street.  Practically every file we open in the Christchurch office has her handwriting or other mark of her involvement, and even after she officially retired, she helped with work on research and registrations, such as the Kate Sheppard House in Ilam.  Like the rest of us, she was devastated about the loss of so much heritage in the Canterbury quakes of 2010 and 2011, but rejoiced in what has been able to be saved.

Pam was an absolute legend and her deep knowledge, kind and gentle manner, curiosity and dedication is widely recognised, both within Heritage New Zealand and in the wider community.  In 2007 she received two distinguished awards – the Christchurch City Council’s Civic Award and the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage conservation.

Robyn Burgess, Heritage New Zealand

Historic Places Canterbury was saddened to learn of Pam Wilson's passing.

Robyn Burgess and Heritage New Zealand has generously given us permission to post the Tribute to Pam Wilson that appeared in  Heritage This Month March 2018.

“Square Campaign Thanks”- Letter Published In The Press Perspectives (090318)

The following is the text of a letter published in The Press. The letter was sent by HPC Chair Mark Gerrard in his role as Convenor of  “Victoria Square - No Need For Change"  campaign committee.

" The re-opening of a restored Victoria Square will be celebrated by the many Christchurch Residents who supported the successful “Victoria Square- No Need For Change” campaign.

I am writing this letter to publicly “Thank” the many concerned residents who wrote letters to the Press, rang ZB Talkback, emailed their MPs, turned up for the Yellow Ribbon Picnic and attended the Knox Church Forum. I wish to acknowledge the “No Need For Change” committee, the volunteers, the residents who encouraged us, the Knox Forum panellists and Chris Lynch, and Historic Places Canterbury and The Christchurch Civic Trust who funded the campaign.

Whilst we celebrate the re-opening, we must all acknowledge the skill and thoughtfulness of the original Designers who, 30 odd years ago, created this very special space we know and love as Victoria Square.

Victoria Square is “Christchurch at its best” and it sets the standard for which the quality and success of the CBD rebuild will be judged.

The re-opening will be a momentus event. However, for most of us Victoria Square is about the quiet enjoyment of reclining under a tree, sitting on a park bench and stopping at night to enjoy the Bowker Fountain water display and the light show.

Mark Gerrard

Convenor “Victoria Square - No Need For Change”

“Canterbury Provincial Chambers to remain mothballed for 11 years” The Press Online (190218)

Canterbury Provincial Chambers to remain mothballed for 11 years The Press Online.

" ... Historic Places Trust Canterbury chairman Mark Gerrard believed the council should ask the Government to help fund the cost of restoring the chambers because of its national and international significance. ...

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/101559051/Canterbury-Provincial-Chambers-to-remain-mothballed-for-11-years