Radio New Zealand News:
Radio New Zealand News:
Blue plaque tells of history on Timaru's Landing Service building: Timaru Herald
"The Timaru Landing Service building is now the first historic place in South Canterbury to receive a Historic Places Aotearoa (HPA) blue plaque highlighting its heritage. ..."
Historical plaque scheme reaches South Canterbury with $7500 donation: Timaru Herald
Christ Church Cathedral work could start within weeks The Press Online
"... The consent application has been lodged by a joint-venture company formed by the Anglican diocese and the Crown to run the project, and they hope to start work in April. .."
Heritage Building owners take note:
Coronavirus: Bringing back depreciation of commercial and industrial buildings a boost for property owners -Stuff Online
" ...As part of the $2.8b support package for business, the Government has reintroduced building depreciation deduction claims for property owners with commercial and industrial properties, at a level of two percent a year, ...
" (Chief executive of the Property Council Leonie Freeman) In addition, the Government has indicated that new deduction claims will be available for seismic strengthening costs at 2 percent per annum as part of this latest move. ...
"....A proposal to move the Christchurch war memorial has been opposed by one of the largest Returned Services Association (RSA) groups in the city.
The Papanui RSA voted to oppose a plan to shift the Citizens War Memorial from Cathedral Square to Cranmer Square because the move would lower its "aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value". ...
"... Christchurch Civic Trust deputy chair Ross Gray, who is leading a campaign against the move, said the Papanui RSA vote was significant.
"The Papanui RSA is considerably larger than the Christchurch RSA," he said.
"We oppose this notion that you can move an important heritage item from Cathedral Square and stick it in another iconic and important space like Cranmer Square." ..
Ross Gray is also Deputy Chair of Historic Places Canterbury.
"Fight looming for Catholic church over decision to demolish Christchurch's Catholic cathedral" The Press Online
"Heritage advocates are vowing to fight a decision to demolish Christchurch's historic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. ..."
" ... The decision has upset heritage advocate Anna Crighton, who said there was outrage in the community and she was ready to fight for the building's survival. ..."
" ...Her stance was supported by Historic Places Canterbury.
Chairman Mark Gerrard said the organisation would be exploring all means to fight the proposed demolition.
"Historic Places Canterbury is surprised the bishop appears to have lost faith in the cost of restoration of this unique beautiful heritage building."
The cathedral had been a beacon of faith and inspiration for many generations, he said.
"Today we are left with the impression that cost and location are more important considerations." ...
"Cash donated to Christchurch Catholics not ring-fenced for heritage church restoration" The Press online article.
"Christchurch's Antonio Hall ravaged by fire as heritage fans fear 'demolition by neglect' " The Press Online
" ... Ross Gray, deputy chairman of Christchurch Civic Trust and Historic Places Canterbury, said the mansion's potential destruction was "very sad to see". ...
" The building had a lot of potential as a significant asset for the city. All credit to the local neighbours for the work they have done to try and preserve it." ...
"More owners of heritage buildings discover quake upgrade fund " Chris Hutchings Stuff Online Article:
"Increasing numbers of heritage building owners are tapping into money from the Government's Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, known as EQUIP.
As well as providing grants for work, owners are now also eligible for professional advice grants, to provide up to half the costs of seismic assessments, conservation reports, and architectural and structural engineering plans. ..."
Heritage award going to Gisborne architect : Gisborne Herald Online
"Gisborne architect James Blackburne will become the first New Zealand recipient of a unique heritage award on Saturday afternoon."
James Blackburne is also the HPA President.
Historic Christchurch homestead Mona Vale reopening for 'coffee and cake' The Press Online
Historic Places Canterbury Chair Mark Gerrard quoted in article.