The Right Honourable Helen Clark, ONZ, former head of the United Nations Development Programme 2009-2017, has been the Patron of the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust since its inception in 2010. Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008, and during that time was also Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, an unprecedented move by a Prime Minister and one which recognised the significance of New Zealand’s cultural heritage. Helen Clark has received further honours to her already extensive resume in recent months ranging from honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney and the University of Waikato to being invested into Japan’s Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun – one of the highest decorations which the Japanese Government can bestow. In July 2020, Helen was appointed as a Co-Chair of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response which was established to review the internationally co-ordinated response to the COVID19 pandemic.
Anna Crighton initiated and established the Christchurch Heritage Awards in 2010 in order to raise the profile of those who have successfully protected and preserved the built environment. Anna who is committed to the retention and conservation of New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage is well known to the Canterbury public as a heritage advocate, commentator and writer. Her establishment of the Christchurch Heritage Trust in 1996 of which she Chairs has resulted in the saving of much loved and significant heritage buildings in Christchurch and her role serving on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Board for ten years attests to her long- standing commitment for our country’s cultural and heritage values.
Anna has been a Trustee/Director for cultural entities for over twenty years including Chair of the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund as well as President of Historic Places Aotearoa. She was a Christchurch City Councillor for twelve years (1995–2007) during which time she chaired the Arts Culture and Heritage Committee, a Director and Chair of the Christchurch Arts Centre Board (1994–2004) and a Director of the Theatre Royal Charitable Trust since 2001. Anna was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for Public Service in 2005 and received a Christchurch Civic Trust Award in 2007 as well as a Christchurch City Council Civic Award in 2015.
In the New Year Honours 2020 Anna was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage preservation and governance.
Jenny May ONZM BAHons Micomos is an architectural historian and independent heritage consultant. She is Director of Heritage Management Services Limited. Post the 2011 earthquake she was the principal heritage consultant to the Council’s heritage earthquake recovery team for four years.
Over the years Jenny has been involved in a number of Trusts and Boards including the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board, the Arts Council – Creative New Zealand, the Board of Te Papa Tongarewa and is currently a trustee of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Foundation, the ChristChurch Cathedral Choir Education Trust, the Ravenscar Trust and SCAPE Public Art.
She has written a number of articles on heritage and been a contributing author to several publications including Remembering Godley, Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture 1904-1984 and Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane Wheoki..
She received the ONZM in the 2007 New Year’s Honours for her work in governance and heritage.
Jenny joined the Trust in 2016 bringing to the Trust her vast experience and knowledge in all things heritage.