Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern has generously released the notes of the speech, given on her behalf, by Hon Iain Lees-Galloway to the Historic Places Aotearoa AGM 2018.
It’s a pleasure to be here today on behalf of the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, among so many passionate advocates for the heritage sector.
And what better location for discussing historic places than here at Caccia Birch House – a wonderful example of New Zealand’s regional heritage and a building that is steeped in the history of Palmerston North.
Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”.
I think this perfectly sums up our relationship to our built heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Every historic site tells a story, and when seen together these stories form part of our collective idea about who we are as a nation.
I want to assure you today that this Government is taking heritage seriously. (more…)
Victoria Square's Bowker Fountain at night. (Image sourced Otakaro)
Dr Anna Crighton has generously provided us with the text of the speech she gave at the Victoria Square Re-Opening.
The history of Victoria Square was the subject of Dr Crighton's speech.
"So Victoria Square has had a colourful history, pre and post European settlement. It was a favourite food gathering place for Maori, it was the centre of the city in early settlement times and it was the birthplace of radical Christchurch. Victoria Square is historically relevant for Christchurch - past present and into the future as a contemplative heart of the city – it is Christchurch at its best."
Minister Craig Foss (Image Sourced www.Parliament.nz)
Maggie Barry M.P., Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Image Sourced www.parliament.nz)
Minister Maggie Barry has generously supplied us with a copy of the text of the keynote address notes given on her behalf by Minister Craig Foss.
Her office advises these are speech notes and as such are not a verbatim copy of the address.
"Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
With this in mind, it’s important to consider both tangible and intangible value in any conversation about cultural heritage so that we are able to identify and protect our heritage places for present and future generations."
Hon Craig Foss
On behalf of Hon Maggie Barry
Historical Places Aotearoa Conference, Saturday 29 October 2016 (more…)
Jacinda Ardern List M.P. Labour Spokesperson Heritage (Image Sourced www.parliament.nz)
Jacinda Ardern MP has generously provided us with a copy of the Address she gave to the Historic Places Aotearoa.
We note that :
"I will leave with you a few of these thoughts in writing. Please do feel free to take the time to think about them, and any other ideas you have in this space. I would welcome your thoughts."
The Address is as follows:
I want to start by acknowledging the manawhenua of this land. I also want to acknowledge James, and all of the executive of Historic places. You do incredible work. (more…)
"The second problem is that the RMA puts huge weight on protecting landscape, amenity, natural character and heritage without any balancing consideration over the cost implications." (The relevant section has been highlighted in the following text of the Speech.)
The text of Hon Dr Nick Smith's Speech to Nelson Rotary is as follows: