“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."


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

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. ..."


“Canterbury Regional Council plans to breathe new life into heritage-listed buildings” RNZ And Stuff Online (15.12.2020)

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Radio New Zealand News:


Historic Places Canterbury (Partial) 2020 AGM With A Tour Of Risingholme By Gareth Wright.

As you will be aware we have fulfilled most of the formal AGM requirements online. The wrap up of the AGM is being held at Risingholme Community Centre.

Where: Risingholme Community Centre

Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Time 5.30-7.00pm

Gareth Wright of the CCC Heritage Team will be giving a presentation on Risingholme.

Formalities will be very brief!

“Christchurch Town Hall: Old dunger or heritage icon?” Public Lecture By Dr Ian Lochhead 6pm Wednesday 28th October.

A Lecture by Dr Ian Lochhead
 Rose Chapel, 866 Colombo Street at 6pm Wednesday 28th October.
Ian Lochhead, editor of the book, The Christchurch Town Hall 1965 -2019: A Dream Renewed, reflects on the building’s national and international significance.

He asks the question, how did a small city, far from the world’s centres of culture, come to build an auditorium that helped to redefine what a late twentieth-century concert hall could be? 

The lecture also examines the Town Hall's importance for Christchurch's identity in the 21st century.

Doors open 5.30pm.