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The Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2021.  Over this time the Trust, in conjunction with its family of sponsors and supporters, has witnessed outstanding success of this biennial event. Each event attracted a diverse and exciting range of entries from cabins to mansions, from small to large commercial and public buildings, from rural to urban structures and country houses and the best of the best new builds as heritage of the future. The events were occasions where networking of like-minded heritage advocates and professionals from around Canterbury came together in celebration of this important social event.

The Awards were initiated by myself in 2010 and have been run as a not for profit trust.  Their success can be attributed to invaluable sponsorship from several key businesses and organisations over the past 12 years. As the awards are totally reliant on sponsorship it has been increasingly difficult to continue without it.  Therefore, the decision has been made to pause the awards for the time being. We are deeply appreciative of the support our previous sponsors have shown and understand entirely that in some cases their time has come to stand aside for others to step up and show the support required to run future awards.

This means a long-term pause for the Canterbury Heritage Awards, as we, the trustees, take time to re-think and re-imagine the awards in a manner that enables a sustainable future and of recognising those who have contributed to the protection and future of historic heritage in Canterbury.

Expressions of interest to support a future event as a key sponsor are invited. Please call Geoff Bone (Event Convener) on 0274 858 185 if you wish to know more.

So, in the meantime, on behalf of the trustees, keep up the good work.  You have all either individually or collectively been complicit in keeping our history alive, to be remembered and cherished.

With kind regards
Dame Anna Crighton
DNZM, QSO, JP, PhD(Otago)

September 2022

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2012 Winners

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The winners of the 2012 Canterbury Heritage Awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony held last night at St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru.

The Canterbury Heritage Awards recognise excellence in heritage retention and conservation, heritage tourism and education within the public and private sector and promotes the values of best practice heritage retention and conservation to the wider community.

Winners of each category include:
Heritage Management Services Heritage Retention Award - Trinity Congregational Church (Trinity Limited).
Fortis Construction Ltd Heritage Restoration Award - Whites Accommodation House/Hotel Restoration Project (Sugrue Partnership).
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism Heritage Tourism Award – Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum
Christchurch Heritage Trust Heritage Champion Award – Peter Beaven
The Press Heritage Landscape Award – Otahuna Lodge
Ceres NZ Seismic Award – Equal winners included the Old Government Building (OGB Suites) at Heritage Christchurch (Heritage Hotel Christchurch), and The Malthouse (Malthouse Theatre Trust).
Supreme Award - Trinity Congregational Church (Trinity Limited).

The judging panel for the awards was chaired by Anna Crighton and included international heritage expert Jim Gard’ner from Heritage Victoria, Jasper van der Lingen (Sheppard & Rout Architects Ltd), Di Lucas (Lucas Associates), Dr Terry Ryan (Director, Whakapapa NgaiTahu  Unit of te Runanga-o-NgaiTahu), Grant Wilkinson (Ruamoko Solutions) and Shonagh Kenderdine (New Zealand Historic Places Trust).

Category winners were presented with a Neil Dawson designed trophy in recognition of their achievement in front of an audience of Christchurch heritage advocates.

“The Awards which celebrate and recognise all finalists and winners for 2012, are, individually and collectively, a reminder of how much we appreciate as a community our cultural past” commented Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust Chair, Anna Crighton.
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