Christchurch City Council is calling for owners of heritage buildings and places, and anyone with a particular heritage interest to run open days, tours or organise walks as part of a one-off heritage event in October.
Co-ordinated by the Council, Reconnect: experience heritage will be held over three days from October 18-20th 2013, offering the community an opportunity to reconnect with the city and peninsula’s heritage following the earthquakes.
The event will kick off with a one-day forum on Friday October 18th, co-ordinated by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. A range of speakers will discuss heritage repair and recovery issues. Then, over the weekend of October 19th and 20th, a host of heritage walks and tours will be held throughout Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. The Council will run its own series of guided walks and tours to update the community on a selection of its heritage assets, while each heritage group or building owner will manage their own event. Council will co-ordinate the programme of events, producing a print and web-based brochure detailing all the events over the two days and will promote the weekend through various media outlets.
“We’d love to hear from anyone in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula who would like their heritage place to be part of this exciting heritage weekend,” says Helen Beaumont, Natural Environment and Heritage Unit Manager at Christchurch City Council.
“Buildings and places do not have to be listed heritage to take part – we’d like people to be open minded and put forward anything they believe would be of heritage interest to the community.”
“Canterbury still has a great wealth of heritage, and we’d love to give people the opportunity to get up close and personal with as many of these places as possible, all packaged up into one big weekend of reconnection.”
Anyone interested in including a heritage building or place in Reconnect: experience heritage is asked to register their interest by August 23 by completing and emailing the Reconnect 2013 Registration Form to email@example.com or phoning Clare Steel on 941 8789.