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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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Post-quake heritage lecture

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In conjunction with the 2012 Canterbury Heritage Awards, a public lecture will be held by international heritage expert Jim Gard’ner, on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Jim Gard’ner is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria, Chair of the World Heritage Steering Committee for the Victorian State Government, member of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee Group of Officials and the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand, and is a judge in the Canterbury Heritage Awards 2012.

Jim’s past roles have included Conservation Manager at National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Historic Buildings Architect at English Heritage and as an architect in various New Zealand and UK practices.

During the lecture ‘Finding a Future for Christchurch’s Post-quake Heritage’, Jim will explore the questions of how to reuse heritage places and retain heritage values in the context of post-earthquake Christchurch.

“While heritage can mean a multitude of things to different individuals and communities there are common themes that can be drawn across cultures and borders. Jim will look at some of the ways Christchurch can recognise, celebrate and revitalise its heritage, both tangible and intangible. He will illustrate examples of where heritage buildings have been key to the civic regeneration and compare contrasting approaches to post disaster reconstruction.

The role of contextual design in the fractured context of Christchurch’s city centre will be addressed as he poses the question how do we create the heritage of tomorrow that respects the values of the past” added Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust Chair, Anna Crighton.

Winners of the 2012 Canterbury Heritage Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 13 September 2012. The ceremony will also acknowledge the significant heritage buildings that have been lost as a result of the 2010/2011 earthquakes – ‘Lost Christchurch – In Memoriam’.

The lecture, sponsored by The Warren Trust, will run from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the Helen Kitson Function Centre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. A limited number of tickets are available for the lecture and the awards ceremony. For more information visit
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