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2010 Winner

Heritage Advocacy Award

Victoria Andrews

Entrant: Akaroa Civic Trust

For 15 years the Akaroa Civic Trust has been an effective voice for the protection of Akaroa’s historic character thanks largely to the effort, determination and dedication of Victoria Andrews. Victoria’s acute awareness of the fragility of the historic heritage of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula and her voluntary contribution has been critical to many achievements. She liaised with the NZ Historic Places Trust to register the Akaroa Historic Area in 1999, she has co-curated many exhibitions, involved herself with research and presentations for district plan and resource consent processes (including appeals to the Environment Court – Victoria does not give in easily), she is the longest serving member of the Akaroa Design and Appearance Advisory Committee, but the highlight has to be her work for over a decade to ensure the Council-owned land at Green’s Point was not subdivided for housing but instead became part of an enlarged Takapuneke Historic Reserve. Victoria’s advocacy was crucial to final success.

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