Otago alumna awarded top honour for heritage “Dumbfounded and speechless” is how Otago alumna Dr Anna Crighton QSO JP described her reaction to the news she had been made a Dame in the New Year Honours list."
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…)
At the Executive meeting held after the Historic Places Aotearoa AGM, Dr. Anna Crighton was re-elected as President.
The existing HPA Executive were returned.
James Blackburne is the Deputy.
The HPA Exceutive is: David White, Jimmy Wallace, Peter Dowell and Mark Gerrard
On The Billens Building fire- "Upsetting is when you burn your toast," said trust director Anna Crighton. "This is devastating. Architecturally, it was one of the best buildings in the area." quote in "Trust 'devastated' as fire destroys landmark" [Stuff Online]