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!"
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
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 (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.
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…)
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.