Heritage Heavyweights to judge the inaugural Whanganui Regional Heritage Awards
Three independent and highly qualified judges will assess the inaugural Whanganui Regional Heritage Award entries, with the results to be announced at the Awards Ceremony and opening of the Whanganui Heritage Month on 1 October.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Chief Executive, Andrew Coleman Christchurch Heritage Trust Chair, Dame Anna Crighton Gisborne Heritage Architect & Historic Places Aotearoa President, James Blackburne
The Awards are modeled on the Canterbury Heritage Awards, originally established as the Christchurch Heritage Awards in 2010 by Dame Anna Crighton. Held every two years, the Awards were such a success, they were extended to the Canterbury region. Their Patron is the Right Honourable Helen Clark ONZ.
As Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive Andrew Coleman said our properties tell a small part of a wider story of the nation. They are open free of charge to enjoy, learn from and appreciate a snapshot of our history.
“The objective of the open day is to promote the significance of Heritage New Zealand places that contribute to the story of early Māori and Pākehā interaction and the progression to the multicultural society we are today in a family, fun and inclusive way,” says Andrew.
A special, 20 page publication about the Treaty of Waitangi will be available free of charge (until stocks last) at each property. All the properties open on Waitangi Day will feature in the publication, along with pieces on the Treaty of Waitangi at a glance, a map of New Zealand showing where the nine versions of the Treaty travelled around the country in 1840 – from Waitangi in the Far North to Ruapuke Island in the Deep South, and a summary of the document Tapuwae – Heritage New Zealand’s vision for Māori heritage.
Most properties will also have an exhibition of New Zealand flags and a copy of the Treaty of Waitangi on display.
Lynne Freeman interviewed Andrew Colman on RNZ National "Summer Times".
"How is Heritage New Zealand planning to make best use of the 6.3 million dollars it received in last May's budget and is on top of the current operating funding of $13 million per year. The new money's spread over four years, so it's a case of priorities for the organisation that's charged with protecting archaeological and heritage sites. We're joined by the Chief Executive of Heritage New Zealand, Andrew Coleman."