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

“Christchurch’s first blue plaque recipient revealed” The Press Online Article

"Christchurch's first blue plaque recipient revealed" The Press (Online Article)

"Christchurch’s heritage buildings are being celebrated and promoted with a new initiative launched in the city this week. ...

"Historic Places Canterbury chairman Mark Gerrard said he hoped the plaque would be the first of many in the city."

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/124257215/christchurchs-first-blue-plaque-recipient-revealed

Historic Places Canterbury Media Release: Unveiling Of Christchurch’s First Heritage Blue Plaque

Historic Places Canterbury Media Release (14:02:2021): 
 Unveiling Of Christchurch's First Heritage Blue Plaque.

Historic Places Canterbury is pleased to announce that Dame Anna Crighton will be unveiling Christchurch's first Heritage Blue Plaque. 

The Arts “Shop” in the Heritage Duncans Building.
DATE: Monday 15th February
TIME: 1pm
LOCATION: Ground Floor 139 High Street, Christchurch.

Dame Anna Crighton:
" The unveiling of this Heritage Blue Plaque is a well deserved celebration and recognition of the efforts of Nicky and Joe in the restoration of their heritage listed building. 

" I admire greatly, the sheer dogged determination of Nicky and Joe for their achievement despite the vagaries of CERA and other restrictions.

" The Heritage Blue Plaque is a great way to celebrate and boost the profile of our built Heritage. I encourage Heritage Building Owners to consider it for their own buildings.

Nicky Arts Co-Owner:
" The Heritage Blue Plaque is the final chapter of the recovery from the Earthquake.

" We can now put behind the frustrations of CERA et al and celebrate.

" As a commercial building owner, I can state the Heritage Blue Plaque is a great way to enhance the profile of your heritage building.

Mark Gerrard Chair Historic Places Canterbury:
"This Heritage Blue Plaque will be the first of many that celebrate our city's heritage buildings and enhance their profile.

"Christchurch is now be part of the national project celebrating and raising the profile of built heritage throughout New Zealand.

Media Contact: 

Mark Gerrard mobile 021 157 5043 e: canty@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz


Background: 
The Arts Family and their Historic Duncans Building “Shop”.
Pre-quake: Nicky Arts and brother Joe ran a family printing business in the Duncan's Building shop they owned.
Since the earthquake they have wound down the Printing Business and sold off the equipment.
After much effort, their heritage Duncan's building “shop” is now restored, earthquake strengthened and tenanted upstairs and downstairs.

The Heritage Blue Plaque project:
The Heritage Blue Plaque project was initiated by Historic Place Mid-Canterbury, It was endorsed as a national campaign by Historic Places Aotearoa and its Membership Organisations.
The Function of the distinctive plaques is for heritage buildings to be easily identified when travelling in a city or town. The Plaques individually and collectively raise the profile our Heritage Buildings.
The Heritage Blue Plaque project is grassroots community lead. Local heritage groups have final approval and funding is sourced locally by fundraising or building owner contribution.

Historic Places Canterbury Deputation to the Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee of the Whole (Christchurch City Council)

Historic Places Canterbury Chair Mark Gerrard gave a verbal Deputation supporting the Staff Recommendation that the Heritage Funding that was not dispersed due to COVID-19 be carried over.
In addition HPC supported the proposed new more relaxed criteria for qualifying for Heritage Grant Funding and the proposed criteria for the new Intangible Heritage fund.

Chair Mark Gerrard presenting the HPC Deputation appears 52 minutes and 38 seconds into the Youtube video.

“Christchurch mayor devises plan to pay for heritage buildings” The Press Online Article

Christchurch mayor devises plan to pay for heritage buildings The Press online.
"Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants the city to consider paying a targeted rate to help fund the restoration of heritage buildings.
She says her proposal will not increase rates. ..."
... Historic Places Canterbury chairman Mark Gerrard said it was good to see Dalziel thinking about ways to fund the restoration of heritage buildings, including the provincial chambers. ..."

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/123515077/christchurch-mayor-devises-plan-to-pay-for-heritage-buildings