This section sets out the eight projects that comprise the Heritage Recovery Programme:

  1. retaining heritage buildings and places
  2. determining the best methods of strengthening heritage buildings
  3. reusing heritage fabric retrieved from heritage and character buildings
  4. ensuring that district plan regulation assists recovery
  5. identifying and restoring sites of significance to Ngāi Tahu
  6. retrieving archaeological information and artefacts
  7. conserving artefacts recovered from archaeological sites
  8. keeping memory and awareness alive

How do the projects achieve the Heritage Recovery Programme outcomes?

The following shows how the projects align with the Heritage Recovery Programme outcomes.

Outcome 1

Heritage buildings and places contribute to a strong sense of identity, a quality urban environment, tourism and economic growth, supporting the recovery of greater Christchurch.

  • Project 1: Retaining heritage buildings and places
  • Project 8: Keeping memory and awareness alive

Outcome 2

Heritage agencies assist property owners where a collaborative approach can help to ensure heritage buildings are made safe and restored

  • Project 1: Retaining heritage buildings and places
  • Project 2: Determining the best methods of strengthening heritage buildings

Outcome 3

Heritage buildings and places are adapted to new uses, where appropriate, to ensure they have an ongoing function

  • Project 1: Retaining heritage buildings and places
  • Project 2: Determining the best methods of strengthening heritage buildings
  • Project 4: Ensuring that district plan regulation assists recovery

Outcome 4

Existing heritage and character buildings and places are retained, and where practicable, conserved in a manner that involves the least amount of physical intervention

  • Project 1: Retaining heritage buildings and places

Outcome 5

Heritage recovery recognises and celebrates Ngāi Tahu’s heritage

  • Project 5: Identifying and restoring sites of significance to Ngāi Tahu

Outcome 6

Heritage recovery recognises and celebrates all cultural influences that have contributed to the heritage of greater Christchurch

  • Project 1: Retaining heritage buildings and places
  • Project 8: Keeping memory and awareness alive

Outcome 7

Heritage materials are retrieved safely to enable their reuse, and a sample of greater Christchurch’s archaeological heritage is recovered through excavation and retained

  • Project 3: Reusing heritage fabric retrieved from heritage and character buildings
  • Project 6: Retrieving archaeological information and artefacts
  • Project 7: Conserving artefacts recovered from archaeological sites

The key partners for each project will contribute to the projects where this is feasible and they can be of assistance. The project descriptions specify the particular actions that partner agencies have identified.

ICOMOS New Zealand Charter 2010

The ICOMOS New Zealand Charter provides useful guidance on best practice heritage conservation. ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) is an international non-governmental organisation of heritage professionals.

Abbreviations in the project descriptions

CCC: Christchurch City Council

CEHB Fund: Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund

CERA: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

MCH: Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Heritage New Zealand: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

SDC: Selwyn District Council

WDC: Waimakariri District Council


Updated on 23rd July 2015