Submitted by mark on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 9:24 pm.
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
Submitted by mark on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 4:15 pm.
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. .."
Submitted by mark on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 3:41 pm.
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. ...
Submitted by mark on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 5:57 pm.
Plan to move war memorial sparks dissent among Christchurch RSA groups- the Press.
"....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.
Submitted by mark on Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 5:01 pm.
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.
Submitted by mark on Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 4:24 pm.
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." ...
Submitted by mark on Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 3:15 pm.
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. ..."
Submitted by mark on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 5:08 pm.
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." http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3773883-135/heritage-award-going-to-gisborne-architect?fbclid=IwAR2E-7KWoka5Ilrw1nMF79NriHPQ4cWWd9iZ2mBF3EBBu0ig6lRHK0HTl_c James Blackburne is also the HPA President.
Submitted by mark on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 4:44 pm.
Historic Christchurch homestead Mona Vale reopening for 'coffee and cake' The Press Online Historic Places Canterbury Chair Mark Gerrard quoted in article. https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/110597414/historic-christchurch-homestead-mona-vale-reopening-for-coffee-and-cake
Submitted by mark on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 5:54 pm.
The Guardian has an article on the restoration of Wentworh Woodhouse.
".... So far, about 100 structural surveys have been carried out, more than 100 drains have been inspected, 110 tonnes of slate has been ordered for the roof, 200 tonnes of asphalt has been put on the new driveway, and 350 tonnes of rubbish has been removed from the site. It will take an estimated 15 to 20 years to fully restore the property. ..."