Heritage and its importance

Nostalgia Festival, Ferrymead Park.

Have your say on Our Heritage, Our Taonga

We are now seeking public feedback on a strategy aimed at celebrating and protecting one of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula’s most vital assets – its rich and often hidden heritage.

The Draft Heritage Strategy 2019–2029(external link) seeks public comment on how the Council, in partnership with Ngāi Tahu, will protect and celebrate heritage in the community – whatever form it may take.

Consultation runs from Wednesday 10 October to Monday 12 November 2018.

Read more on Newsline.(external link)

The draft strategy outlines four distinct goals, along with steps to achieve them:

  • Our Heritage, Our Taonga is accessible to all and shared and celebrated.
  • Our Heritage, Our Taonga from Christchurch and Banks Peninsula’s six papatipu rūnanga is acknowledged with respect to their mana whenua and in accordance with their values and culture.
  • Our Heritage, Our Taonga includes and respects all the cultures and distinct communities of the district.
  • Our Heritage, Our Taonga is protected through collaboration and partnership.

Visit Have Your Say to read the draft strategy and give feedback(external link). You can also pay a visit to one of our drop-in sessions around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

A hearings panel will hear submissions on the draft strategy in December 2018.

Once the strategy has been finalised and adopted, it will be rolled out in 2019, following an implementation plan developed in collaboration with the community.

We envision a Christchurch in which...

  • An informed and concerned community values its diverse cultural heritage (European, Maori and other cultural groups of New Zealand ) for its unique contribution to the identity, amenity and quality of the city.
  • The community works together to protect its irreplaceable urban environment and is supported by its elected representatives with adequate human and financial resources.
  • We continue to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage through innovative and dynamic heritage management with an emphasis on co-ordination, integration and managed change for the experience, enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

We value our heritage because...

  • Heritage helps to define a unique sense of identity for individuals and communities and the city of Christchurch.
  • Heritage helps to create communities by connecting individuals to neighbourhoods, social groups and the city as a whole through its physical, cultural, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects.
  • Heritage provides continuity in a constantly changing society and environment, affirming where our communities have come from and enabling an understanding of the present in order to plan for the future.
  • Heritage has value to the whole community and serves beyond individual interests to contribute to the greater public good and community prosperity.

Our mission for heritage

We work with key stakeholders (Christchurch City Council, heritage agencies and community) for the delivery of this vision using international best practice concepts and methods to foster and promote sustainable management of cultural heritage buildings, places, objects and landscapes for the wellbeing and prosperity of the whole community.

For further information, refer to our heritage policies(external link).