Dr Anna Crighton Chair of the Christchurch Heritage Trust and Founding President of Historic Places Aotearoa has generously provided the text for the Op-Ed that appeared in the Press print and online. (18th October 2017)
"Saving heritage buildings can be a win for owners and the public alike"
The imperative for the rescue of a historic building is reliant on one significant aspect – a willing owner. Despite the destruction of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes followed by CERA’s ‘scorched earth’ policy, there were determined and diligent building owners who successfully proceeded with their restoration plans despite the government’s blue print parameters. It is fortunate that some of the most noteworthy heritage buildings in the central city had visionary leaders who saw the benefits in repairing their buildings during the recovery period. The Arts Centre of Christchurch, Christ’s College, the Heritage Hotel (Old Government Buildings), the Canterbury Club, Knox Church and the Isaac Theatre Royal to name a few. The Press stated in its Editorial of 21 February 2015 ‘The privately-funded labour of love that has returned the Isaac Theatre Royal to us in this past year has done more for central city vibrancy, so far, than has come out of the blueprint’. (more…)
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.
Beca Heritage Week 2017 will run from 13 to 23 October 2017 and celebrates the rich heritage of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
The theme for Beca Heritage Week 2017 is Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our Way. The theme reflects this year’s anniversaries which offer the chance to explore and celebrate the cultural and physical development of our district and the pursuit of leisure activities in a unique landscape, defined by Plains, Port Hills and Peninsula.
Join the London double-decker free bus tour and get the full story from enthusiastic building owners and heritage advocates.
Leaving from the CWEA 59 Gloucester St at …
10.00 am Tour 1 Caffe Roma & the Public Trust building, then Shands and Trinity buildings followed by free sandwich lunch and heritage display/discussion back at WEA.
1.15 pm Tour 2 Wood’s Mill and then St Barnabas church followed by afternoon tea and heritage display/discussion back at WEA.
Interesting and surprising pauses to look at heritage sites on the way Mini award-winning Shop 7 heritage display at base for the day WEA – including heritage demolition roll, Civic Trust book “City and Peninsula” available for purchase.
Free sandwich lunch for Tour 1; afternoon tea following Tour 2 You are welcome to book for both tours. Spend the day with us!
PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE PUBLIC LAUNCH EVENT FOR THE PEOPLES STEEPLE IN THE SQUARE AT 11AM THIS SUNDAY.
OUR FORMER MAYOR GARY MOORE WILL BE MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR THE EVENT.
THE 8.7 METRE HIGH MEGA MODEL DEMONSTRATES HOW THE WOODEN STRUCTURE OF THE 60 METRE TALL SPIRE CAN BE ERECTED USING PEOPLE POWER AND CAPSTANS. FOR THE REAL THING…THE 60 METRE SPIRE- 500 PEOPLE AND 16 CAPSTANS WOULD LIFT THE SPIRE 60 METRES…ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY AND CAPTURING THE MEDIA ATTENTION AROUND THE WORLD…’CHRISTCHURCH IS BACK’
AN INFORMATION FLIER IS ATTACHED.
IT WILL BE A FUN EVENT…BRING YOUR CHILDREN / GRANDCHILDREN
MARK BELTON & TIM PRESTON
Restore Christchurch Cathedral
Regenerate Christchurch: “Draft concept and key moves for the Square and surrounding area”
Heritage buildings and sites often change through generations and in the way they are used and function that often differs from their original intention.
Heritage organisations and individuals acknowledge these changes occur and that heritage building and sites can accommodate change by using appropriate “Adaptive reuse principles,” to keep them vibrant and relevant to their time and circumstance.
Historic Places Canterbury is encouraging of designs that seek to make the Cathedral Square vibrant and relevant to a post “quake” Christchurch. Any re-design of Cathedral Square however must be respectful of its heritage status under the District Plan (Scheduled as “Highly Significant”) and acknowledge in its layout and new additions its past functions and shape that made it a premier civic space and transport hub.
Historic Places Canterbury cannot support the Draft Concept as proposed by Regenerate Christchurch as we deem it to be deeply un-sympathetic with an inappropriateness that borders on being disrespectful of Cathedral Square’s heritage. Indeed Regenerate Christchurch ignores and fails to mention the protected status of Cathedral Square and its history. (more…)