Unfortunately, Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern was unable to join us for this years ceremony, however, she did make her commitment to heritage known with a wonderful message shared with attendees on the night.
“I found it very inspiring attending the Canterbury Heritage Awards in 2016,
and am sorry I am unable to be with you all this year in person – but I am
with you in spirit. It is fantastic to hear that this year’s Awards have
exceeded all expectations in terms of the quality and variety of the more
than 70 entries.
“It took more than a century and a half to build the great city of
Christchurch, yet much of it was destroyed in seconds during the
devastating Canterbury earthquakes, which I know profoundly impacted
so many of you sitting here tonight. With the destruction we saw after
those quakes, it is not surprising that the heritage buildings in the region
have become even more valuable to us all, and taken on a much deeper
The Canterbury Heritage Awards are special, because they give much deserved
visibility to projects that preserve, restore, and raise awareness
of these unique buildings. I would like to extend my gratitude to Box 112
and the Awards’ many other supporters, without whom this event would
not be possible.
My warmest congratulations to the award winners, the finalists, and all
those who have submitted entries. Your commitment to the restoration
and future-proofing of the region’s precious heritage will leave a lasting
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage