HINMAN, Mr David Dennis (Dave)
For services to tramways and heritage
Mr Dave Hinman retired in 2019 following 50 years with Christchurch City Council.
Mr Hinman was instrumental in the planning and construction of the City Tourist Tramway in Christchurch, acting as Project Manager from 1993 to 1994. The tramway has almost doubled the original 1995 route length from his efforts in engaging with Christchurch City Council, Heritage Tramways Trust and Christchurch Tramway Limited. He recently retired as Secretary of Tramway Historical Society (THS), having held positions on the Management Committee since 1966, and been President from 1972 to 1979. He was THS delegate on the Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia, an Executive member from 1986 and was Chairman until recently. He was Canterbury Branch Chairman of New Zealand Historic Places Trust from 1994 to 2002. He was instrumental in working with Christchurch Council and Christchurch Tramway Limited to reopen the tracks in 2013, following their destruction due to the 2011 earthquake. He was employed to be part of the Christchurch Council’s Heritage Response Team, which focused on retaining Heritage and Character buildings in the central city. He is former Trustee of the Ferrymead Trust, having played a key role in the planning and development of the Ferrymead museum complex. Mr Hinman is a past President of the New Zealand Planning Institute and a current Fellow.