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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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2016 Finalists Announced

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After receiving nearly 80 entries for the biennial Canterbury Heritage Awards, a five-strong judging panel has selected 35 finalists to progress through to the Awards Ceremony on 9 June. Category Winners and the Supreme Overall Winner will be announced during the Ceremony in the newly restored Great Hall in the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Entries were received from a wide variety of projects, from walking tours and domestic dwellings to furniture restorations and public monuments. The chosen finalists hail from across Canterbury and include: Glentunnel Library, BNZ Building Kaiapoi, Riccarton Bush and House, Mona Vale Lodge and Shop 7 (a heritage information centre).

Dr Anna Crighton, Chair of the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust, said that the judges were incredibly impressed with the standard of entries.

“The judging this year was extremely difficult. The jurors had to select finalists in six categories from nearly 80 entries. The standard of entries was higher than ever before and the variety, too, was indicative of just how heritage is so important to so many people in so many ways.

“Now that almost half of our built heritage has been demolished, appreciation of what remains is evident. The jurors agreed, without exception, that every entry was worthy in contributing to the character and streetscapes of our city and province.”

Dr Crighton said that the Awards were a great opportunity to honour heritage in different forms with six categories on offer to entrants.

“The entries for this year’s Heritage Awards afford the opportunity to recognise heritage in all its forms and to tell the stories that are so important to us as a community and a culture.”

Dr Crighton was joined on the judging panel by four other notable heritage experts: Jenny May, Director of Heritage Management Services; Tim Nees Architect in Residence, University of Canterbury and Chair of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects; Sheila Watson Heritage New Zealand General Manager Southern Office; and Grant Wilkinson Structural Engineer, Ruamoko Solutions.

The Right Honourable Helen Clark, ONZ, and former Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage continues as Patron of the Awards in 2016. The Category Award Trophies and the Supreme Award Trophy are designed by prominent New Zealand sculptor Neil Dawson.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Canterbury Heritage Awards Ceremony. Go to for more information.

2016 Canterbury Heritage Awards Finalists:

Domestic Saved and Restored: Acland House (Dalman Architecture), Banksia Cottage (Plane Tree Ltd), Chilcombe (Peter Berry and Joanne Mason), Mona Vale Lodge (Christchurch City Council), Our House (Home and Family Society), Racecourse Hill Homestead (Brian and Bernice Cribb).

Public Realm Saved and Restored: Armagh Street Bridge (Downer), Gaiety Theatre Akaroa (Christchurch City Council), Glentunnel Library (Selwyn District Council), Isaac Theatre Royal Recreation (Isaac Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation), Linwood Community Centre (Christchurch City Council), Mona Vale Lodge (Christchurch City Council), St Lukes Chapel (Christchurch City Mission), Former BNZ Building Kaiapoi (The Old Bank Ltd), Triumphal Arch (SCIRT).

Outstanding Contribution to Heritage: Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre Project (Air Force Museum), Christchurch Uncovered Website (Underground Overground Archaeology), Heritage Open Weekend (Hororata Community Trust), Heritage Week (Christchurch City Council), Isaac Theatre Royal Dome (Studio Carolina Izzo Limited), Provincial Chambers Building Furniture Restoration (Emily Fryer), Scaled Down (Richard Gardiner), Valuing our Heritage (Shop 7).

Seismic: Banks Peninsula War Memorial (Fulton Hogan), Edmonds Clock Tower (Christchurch City Council), Former Trinity Congregationist Church (Christchurch Heritage Ltd), Great Hall (Christchurch Arts Centre), Hare Memorial Library (Christ’s College Board of Governors), Jubilee Clock Tower (Christchurch City Council), Triumphal Arch (SCIRT).

Heritage Tourism: Christchurch City Heritage Walking Guide (Christchurch City Council), Curragh House (Friends of Ferrymead), Heritage of Hororata and Beyond (Hororata Community Trust), Isaac Theatre Royal Recreation (Isaac Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation), Riccarton Bush and House (John Radburn - Insight Unlimited), Shop 7 - Valuing Our Heritage (Ross Gray).

Future Heritage: Miles Warren Building (Christ’s College Board of Governors), Sheppard and Rout Offices (Sheppard and Rout Architects Ltd).


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