Christchurch and Banks Peninsula have a rich and diverse heritage, and it’s a significant part of our identity. The places, memories and stories of all our cultures are treasures to be shared, celebrated and passed on to future generations. Valuing and connecting with our taonga provides many benefits and is a vital foundation for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable 21st century city.
This strategy builds on a significant legacy. We have a long history of recognition and protection of our taonga by the Council, the six papatipu rūnanga and the community, which we owe to earlier generations of kaitiaki (guardians), heritage professionals and advocates.
The earthquakes had a devastating and unprecedented impact on the built heritage of Christchurch. The scale of loss and change in such a short time period is rare in national and international terms. As a result, the community has indicated that our remaining heritage is even more precious and valuable.
As a champion of the value of taonga to our identity, the Council has a leading role in heritage in the district.
The Council’s partners, the community and building owners also play vital roles. This strategy recognises our ability to achieve better heritage outcomes through working together.
In the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi), the Council and the six papatipu rūnanga who hold mana whenua (jurisdiction over tribal land) rights and interests over the District are partners in this strategy.
Community input has been essential in shaping this strategy, through public and stakeholder engagement (online surveys, drop-ins, and workshops) in 2017 and 2018. The Council engaged with private owners, trusts, organisations, museums, archives and galleries, professionals, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT), the Department of Conservation (DOC), ChristchurchNZ, and a number of resident, history, cultural and interest groups throughout the city.
This strategy acknowledges the vital role these groups, individuals and whanau (families) have in sustaining our heritage.
This strategy is based on the following pou (values):
Tohungatanga: Identifying, Understanding and Valuing Our Heritage, Our Taonga
Kaitiakitanga: Protecting and Caring for Our Heritage, Our Taonga
Manaakitanga: Celebrating and Sharing Our Heritage, Our Taonga
Rangatiratanga: Leadership and Respect for Our Heritage, Our Taonga
Wairuatanga: Spiritual Connections with Our Heritage, Our Taonga
These values guide our desired outcomes along with the principles of accessibility, respect for all cultures and heritage conservation principles.