The Future of Heritage - Survey

The Council is looking at what heritage means to us in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. To help us find out, please answer the questions below.

Project status: Open for feedback
Open for feedback: 11th April 2017 - 22nd May 2017

Family portraits. A burial site. Gothic Revival buildings. A war diary. Tram lines. Traditional food-gathering sites. Band rotundas…Threads from our past create identity.

Heritage remains crucial to Christchurch, despite the loss of many of our historic places and buildings. It’s vital to a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable 21st century city, where we value and cherish our past. Christchurch and Banks Peninsula have a rich and diverse heritage which is a significant part of our district’s identity.

walking forwards, looking backwards

We now have an opportunity to reconsider exactly what ‘heritage’ means to us – now and for the future. It’s a chance to re-engage people with their history and to broaden the current definition of heritage to embrace the more intangible elements: our relationship with the place where we live, and the stories of its people and places.

To pave the way for a change in direction, the Council is keen to work with everyone who wants to help create a shared vision and a new future for heritage. The heritage community needs to explore new ways of working together to create this shared vision. 

Let’s celebrate the essential role of heritage in Christchurch’s regeneration to shape a city where we value where we’ve come from, while embracing our future: ‘walking forwards, looking backwards’.

  To do this we want to find out:

    • What you value
    • Why you value it
    • How we celebrate heritage
    • How we retain it
    • The heritage legacy you’d like to leave for future generations in Christchurch
    • The role you or your organisation could play in the future.
Image of Moncks Cave, Redcliffs

Moncks Cave, Redcliffs

Image of Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

Image of Heritage Week 2016 - passing on traditions

Heritage Week 2016 

Drop-in sessions

Image of Main Wharf, Akaroa

Main Wharf, Akaroa

Saturday 29 April, 11.30am–2pm
The Gaiety Hall, 105 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

Wednesday 3 May, 4.30–7pm
The Function Room, Christchurch Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street

Saturday 13 May, 10am–noon
Grubb Cottage, 62 London Street, Lyttelton

You can tell us what you think by answering the questions below

You can also comment on our Facebook page

Survey questions

The survey is to inform the Council and the heritage community so we can create a pathway for heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.  Any specific actions and implementation will be worked through with heritage stakeholders, groups and individuals following the engagement process.

We ask you to provide your name, contact details and your age group to help us understand what you think about different aspects of our heritage, and whether views differ between age groups.

We also want to provide a summary of feedback to all those who respond to these questions, and to keep you up to date with the next steps. The responses and summary will be reported to the Council’s Social and Community Development Committee in August 2017.

Please note that the form will time-out if left idle.

Responses, without names and contact details, will be made available online.

 If requested, Council is legally required to make all written and/or electronic submissions available to the public, including the name and contact details of the submitter, subject to the provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

 If you believe there are compelling reasons why your contact details and/or submission should be kept confidential, please contact the Council’s Engagement Manager on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 (Banks Peninsula residents).

Your details

Personal information

So we can understand what different groups of people are thinking, could you please tell us your age group.

1. What heritage do you value? 

a. Which of the following do you consider to be of heritage value?

Tick as many options as you wish.

1b. What types of heritage are most important for your community, family or business?

Please select 3 options

1c. What  types of heritage do you feel are not as widely recognised or celebrated at present?

Please select 3 options

2. Why do you value heritage?

a.  What do you think are the main benefits of heritage?  

Please select 3 options


3. How do we celebrate heritage?

3a. Which of these heritage organisations and events have you heard of?

Tick as many options as you wish

3b. What things would you like to see more of to celebrate and promote heritage in your community?

Please select 3 options

4. How do we retain our heritage?

4a. Which of these heritage protection measures and incentives have you heard of?

Tick as many options as you wish


4c. What do you feel are the most important tools to protect and retain heritage?

Please select 3 options

4d. What do you see as the biggest barriers to heritage retention?

5. Looking to the Future

Thank you for your responses. 

Project status

  • Open for feedback
  • Analysis & reporting
  • Report available
  • Decision made


Consultation Advisor

Phone Jennie Hamilton on 941 5207 Jennie Hamilton

Phone Jennie Hamilton on 941 5207 941 5207

E-Mail Jennie Hamilton at Jennie Hamilton