"...But we don't need a fire or earthquakes to obliterate our heritage when so many developers are willing to step up and do the job, supported by toothless legislation and public apathy. ..."
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)
The text is as follows:
"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…)
Grant Edge has generously supplied the text of "VICTORIA SQUARE – A Space Under Siege" that was published in The Press.
VICTORIA SQUARE – A Space Under Siege
Principal Victoria Square Landscape Architect Gary Bateman (Melbourne) and local Landscape Architect Grant Edge provide an overview of the existing design and comparatively critique the new proposal. (more…)
The "Harcourt building has a future" Opinion /Article by Bruce Chapman (Chief Executive of the NZHPT) was published in The Dominion Post.
The NZHPT has released the text of the article in a Media Release.
The Media Release is as follows: (more…)