Heritage and its importance

Nostalgia Festival, Ferrymead Park.

Draft strategy for Our Heritage, Our Taonga

Update: 17 December 2018

The draft heritage strategy reached an important milestone, with the hearings panel who've been considering the submissions concluding their deliberations. They recommended some minor changes, some minor changes(external link) and that the updated strategy go to the Council for approval.

There will be a report prepared for when the strategy goes before the councillors.

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.

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.

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).