Tag: Heritage Week

“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.

Christchurch Heritage Festival, Monday 7 to Monday 28 October 2019

Christchurch Heritage Festival

Heritage Week, now the Christchurch Heritage Festival, is an annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate our heritage.

Christchurch Heritage Festival, Monday 7 to Monday 28 October 2019

Ōtautahi Christchurch’s Heritage Week has been held annually for over 20 years. The event continues to involve many people, groups and organisations and has not been a calendar week for some time. In order to accommodate all the event providers and be able to include both Labour Weekend and part of the October school holidays, the festival will run over three weeks this year. The event will change its name to the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

2019 Theme: Encounter our Stories

This year it's 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand. This anniversary is being acknowledged by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage through the Tuia - Encounters 250 (Tuia 250)(external link) commemorations that are being planned around the country in 2019.             

Ōtautahi Christchurch has many stories including those of Ngāi Tahu, the European settlers, Pasifika and people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. During the Christchurch Heritage Festival let’s share stories from our history that link us to this place and all the peoples that have journeyed and settled here. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata - weave together the strands, weave together the people.


Want to be involved?

The first opportunity to find out about the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019 will be at the community event providers’ meeting on Tuesday 7 May at Christchurch City Council's Te Hononga Civic Building, 53 Hereford Street.  Please enter from Hereford Street and go up to the Function Room on the first floor next to the café. 

We welcome new and returning event providers to join the Christchurch Heritage Festival programme. Online event applications will open soon after the meeting. Keep an eye on this page for more details.

Email heritage@ccc.govt.nz for Christchurch Heritage Festival enquiries or to be added to the email list for updates.

CCC Beca Heritage Week 2018- HPC Members Are Involved In The Following Events

The CCC  "Beca Heritage Week 2018" starts this Saturday.

HPC encourages you to checkout the programme as there are some great events:



McLean's Mansion and More Bus Tour

Join Christchurch Civic Trust on the front lawn of McLean's Mansion to hear about the restoration of this Highly Significant/Category 1 heritage building.
Other Christchurch Civic Trust initiatives included on the bus tour are Mona Vale, The Arts Centre and the Peacock Fountain.
No disability access.

Starts/finishes at McLean's Mansion.

Booking required.

Saturday 13 October 2018 - 10am to midday
McLean's Mansion 387 Manchester Street
Christchurch Central Christchurch


Suffrage and Heroism
A floor talk by Dr Anna Crighton of the Christchurch Heritage Trust, will explain why the theme of Suffrage and Heroism relates to the history of the (Trinity) Church.
Canterbury's only WWI Victoria Cross winner, Henry James Nicholas, and the leader of Women's Suffrage, Kate Sheppard, both worshipped there.

No disability access.
Former Trinity Congregational Church  124 Worcester Street
Christchurch Central  Christchurch

Saturday 13 October 2018
2pm to 3.30pm



“Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our Way” BECA Heritage Week 2017

"Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our Way- BECA Heritage Week 2017

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.

Details here on what is on!


“HERITAGE RESTORATION – ON THE MOVE!” Bus Tour: Sunday 15th October 2017 ( As Part Of BECA Heritage Week 2017)

Heritage restoration is really ON THE MOVE! in Christchurch -
Brought to you by Historic Places Canterbury and the Christchurch Civic Trust. 

HERITAGE RESTORATION Correct time FLIER FINAL (Free)  [PDF to download]

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!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL! phone: 021 206 3620 or email: secretary@christchurchcivictrust.org.nz

Proudly presented by Christchurch Civic Trust and Historic Places Canterbury as part of BECA Heritage Week 2017


Beca Heritage Week 2018: “Strength from Struggle – Remembering our courageous communities.”

Beca Heritage Week 2018: "Strength from Struggle – Remembering our courageous communities."

An annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

Dates: 12-22 October.

The details have been released.

This year there are some significant anniversaries in terms of large scale national and international events including:

  • 125 years since women’s suffrage achieved in New Zealand
  • 100 years since the World War I armistice
  • 100 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic.

The theme for Beca Heritage Week 2018 reflects these significant anniversaries which were hard won or hard fought struggles in world and New Zealand history.

These anniversaries present an opportunity to remember the challenges faced by many communities in the past, commemorate the loss, courage and endurance of those who came before us, and celebrate their victories.

Nelson: “Discover the unexpected!” Heritage Week 16th – 24th April (2016)

heritage-week-2016-poster-388Heritage Week 2016
16 - 24 April 2016

Discover the unexpected! Over 30 free and low cost activities to enjoy in Nelson’s Heritage Week 2016. Discover how the past impacts on the future, and how Nelson’s community comes forward to share interesting stories and activities that highlight why Nelson is a very special city


“Heritage Christchurch’s Century Old Building Brings the Crowds in” Heritage Christchurch Media Release (20th October 2015)

HCHCWORSTERSTEXT14“The Old Government Building is one of the most magnificent and monumental structures in New Zealand,” said Dr Anna Crighton from Historic Places Canterbury at the Heritage Christchurch open day.

“This is our third open day since our hotel building reopened and we are delighted at the ongoing public interest. Our hotel guests frequently tell us how much they appreciate staying in a building of such unique endurance and elegance,” said Ms Ana Vivas, resident manager of Heritage Christchurch.

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)



Celebrate a special piece of Christchurch’s heritage with a peak behind the scenes at the Heritage Christchurch, set in the Old Government Building on Cathedral Square.

The 102 year old building’s doors will open to the public for tours on the afternoon of Sunday 18 October as part of the Beca Heritage Week.

The 30 minute tours will be at 1PM, 2PM and 3 PM. Tours are free with a voluntary coin going to the Historic Places Canterbury welcomed. (more…)