Historic Places Canterbury: The Video Of the CCC 2107 Annual Plan Submission

Historic Places Canterbury (HPC) requested that it wishes to speak to its written Annual Plan Submission 2017 to Christchurch City council.
Due to scheduling mistake HPC was not included in a time slot for the Hearings set aside by the C.C.C. HPC was granted a slot during a regular Council meeting. You can see the video of  HPC Chair Mark Gerrard speaking to the submission at the following link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmcm0ElbD8w -(The presentation starts 10 minutes 37 seconds in.)

Warning: One of then HPC requests  is "Councillors we need more (heritage) hype!"


Timeball Blessing Ceremony- Andrew Coleman Draft Speaking Points

Artist Impression (Image supplied Heritage New Zealand

Andrew Coleman CE H.N.Z. has generously provided us with a copy of his Draft Speaking Points for the "Timeball Blessing Ceremony".
The Draft Speaking Points provided are not an accurate record of what was said, but are intended to be used as a guide to the subjects covered in the Speech.

Timeball Blessing Ceremony – notes for Andrew Coleman

  • Introduction/welcome … Minister’s apologies/statement
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the Lyttelton community and all New Zealanders are indebted to the generosity of donors who, through their financial support, have provided the solid foundations to ensure the Timeball will once again drop daily in this port town as it has done since 1876.


Historic Places Canterbury

Historic Places Canterbury (HPC) is an incorporated society whose aim is the celebration and retention of our built heritage.

HPC is made up of Heritage Supporters, Advocates and Activists who feel that keeping and maintaining our Built Heritage is crucial to  knowing who we are. The stories of our Built Heritage are fun and interesting and they are our stories!

HPC organises regular Members Events.
Our Membership Fee  is great value for only $30.00 a year!

Even our HPC AGM is a must attend event!

You set the level of your involvement. There is no pressure!

The HPC Committee lobbies, networks, write submissions and letters to the Editor and media releases and does all things you would expect from a group of organised individuals. Recently HPC in partnership with the Chch Civic Trust and concerned individuals successfully campaigned for the retention and restoration of Christchurch's much beloved Victoria Square!

HPC whilst independent is a member of Historic Places Aotearoa.

If you would like to join us-  then email us and our very organised Membership Sec will be in touch. canty@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz

If you have any concerns about Heritage in Canterbury you are most welcome to contact the Chair Mark Gerrard Mobile 021 157 5043.



“Onsite work at Timeball begins with  sod turning on 5 July” HNZ Media Release

21 June 2017

Onsite work at Timeball begins with  sod turning on 5 July

The first sod will be turned at the Reserve Terrace site in Lyttelton on Wednesday 5 July at a construction blessing to mark the beginning of onsite work to return the iconic black Timeball, with its Cantabrian red stripe, and tower to the port town.

When completed visitors will again be able to see the Timeball drop at 1pm each day while enjoying the harbour and town views in the park-like surrounds.  An automated Timeball mechanism will be housed inside the tower which, as part of the requirement to get building consent, precludes visitors from entering.

“We looked into retaining and repairing the existing mechanism as part of the project but, for a number of reasons, the automated option was chosen,” says Heritage Destinations General Manager Nick Chin.

“The existing mechanism was extensively damaged during the 2011 quakes and was in an extremely fragile state when retrieved.  Even if restored there was no guarantee how long all the parts would last, so maintenance costs and longevity were issues.  Also, with the public unable to access inside the new tower to view the existing mechanism if rebuilt, it was felt an automated mechanism was a better option. (more…)

Speech at Public Meeting on Christ Church Cathedral : Rt Hon Winston Peters MP (28.05.2015)

The following are the notes of the Speech given by Rt Hon  Winston Peters at a Public Meeting outside the Christ Church Cathedral.
28 May 2017                                                                    Rt Hon Winston Peters Christchurch Cathedral

Cathedral Square,
1.30pm, Sunday, 28th May, 2017

Christ Church Cathedral – let’s get moving



NGAIO MARSH’S BIRTHDAY PARTY – Sunday April 23 5 – 7 pm


Sunday April 23   5 - 7 pm


A Fundraiser for the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust.

5-6 pm  Wine and nibbles

6-7 pm  Crime Fiction

A presentation by Ray Berard

Winner of Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Crime Novel 2016

" Inside the Black Horse" described by the judges as a 'lucid and potent portrait of good people and gangsters that is unmistakably Kiwi in flavour and tone...a fine crime story with considerable depth'

A 'not to be missed' event for advocates of crime fiction and Dame Ngaio Marsh.

TICKETS $25, Available at Paper Plus, Merivale

INFORMATION: phone Jane  021 02405979
or: janeyryder@gmail.com

“Catholic leaders confident they can raise $70m for Christchurch cathedral” The Press (Online Article)

Catholic leaders confident they can raise $70m for Christchurch cathedral -The Press

" ... Diocese leaders said in October that engineering work had proved the whole cathedral could be restored for about $100m.

"We are going to propose to the new bishop that we restore the cathedral, possibly with some new lightweight materials in some places," Loughnan said."


“Christchurch Public Trust Office heritage building to be restored” The Press (Online Article)

Christchurch Public Trust Office heritage building to be restored -The Press

"A Christchurch heritage building has been given a new lease on life.

The Public Trust Office's new owner, Box 112, has agreed to restore the building and has been awarded a $1.9 million heritage grant by the Christchurch City Council.

The Oxford Tce building faced demolition after its previous owner, Tailorspace, had it removed from the council's heritage list. ..."

Editorial: Public Trust restoration a win for Christchurch- The Press