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Executive summary – He Whakarāpopototanga

In greater Christchurch, heritage agencies have been working together to assess and conserve heritage buildings and places since the first earthquake in September 2010. At the same time, they have prepared this Heritage Buildings and Places Recovery Programme (‘Heritage Recovery Programme’) to record the work that has been done, the work that is under way, and future initiatives.Previously known as the ‘Heritage Buildings and Cultural Places Recovery Programme’, work on this Programme commenced in September 2011, following the release of the draft Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch.

The Heritage Recovery Programme sets out the major achievements to date and eight heritage recovery projects. These projects are:

  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.

The Heritage Recovery Programme responds to heritage issues across all of greater Christchurch: the districts of the Christchurch City Council, the Selwyn District Council and the Waimakariri District Council, and the coastal marine area adjacent to these districts.

It is one of three programmes that guide the cultural recovery of greater Christchurch; the other two are:


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Heritage Buildings and Places Recovery Programme

Greater Christchurch may forever be associated with the impact of the earthquakes in the minds of New Zealanders but they are not what defines the region. The post-quake spirit of recovery is a powerful force rebuilding lives and communities, and the infrastructure which supports them.

Heritage buildings have long been central to greater Christchurch’s sense of identity and very much a part of its distinctive character. At the height of the emergency response, heritage agencies acted swiftly to help preserve as many heritage buildings and places as possible.

There are challenges in preserving earthquake-damaged heritage buildings – in securing insurance, raising finance and rebuilding public confidence in the safety of older buildings.

In response to these challenges, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has coordinated the development of this separate recovery programme for heritage buildings and places.

This web version of the Heritage Buildings and Places recovery Programme is a summary version of the full document, published in November 2014. A full copy of the document in PDF is available on the Ministry's main website at www.mch.govt.nz/heritage-recovery.

The full document provides a record of the collective work over the last three years of a range of agencies with responsibilities for heritage conservation – Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Selwyn District Council and Ngāi Tahu – and the projects which have grown out of that work.

The buildings that survive the earthquakes will become a vital link to greater Christchurch’s past. As the Christchurch rebuild progresses, the far-sightedness and expertise of our heritage agencies will truly show their value.


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Our vision for the arts and cultural sector

A reinvigorated arts and cultural sector evolves and flourishes across greater Christchurch allowing broad participation in a range of arts and cultural activities and engagement with heritage collections.

At its heart is an attractive, vibrant central city offering affordable, accessible spaces for artists and cultural practitioners to work, perform and exhibit.  Māori cultural values, arts and design are an integral and valued aspect of the greater Christchurch landscape.  The arts and cultural sector is recognised as a key driver for urban regeneration bringing cultural, social and economic benefit to the region.  Through different forms of creative expression the city will also commemorate those lost as a result of the earthquakes and recognise its effects on the wider community.

The bull lands

The bull lands
Source: image courtesy of Christchurch City Libraries

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CERA partner agencies

The following is background information on the CERA partner agencies:

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)

CERA is the agency established by the Government to lead and co-ordinate the ongoing recovery effort following the earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011.  It aims to help restore the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of greater Christchurch communities.

CERA developed the Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch which established the mandate to prepare the Arts and Culture Recovery Programme and helped with its preparation.

From 1 February 2015 CERA will move to become a Departmental Agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  This shift will maintain momentum in the rebuild and place natural disaster recovery work at the core of central government planning.  A transition plan will be put in place to hand over responsibility and powers from CERA to local government, other government agencies or other delivery vehicles.  An advisory group of local government and other stakeholders will be appointed to help guide development of the transition plan and review of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

Ngāi Tahu

Ngāi Tahu is the iwi (tribe) that holds the mana whenua (customary sovereignty) over much of the South Island, including greater Christchurch.  Ngāi Tahu comprises the collective of whānau (extended families) who descend from the five primary hapū (sub-tribes) of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe and Waitaha, (Kāti Kurī, Ngāti Irakehu, Kāti Huirapa, Ngāi Tūahuriri and Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki) and is represented by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.   Ngāi Tahu is a recognised strategic partner with central and local government agencies in the recovery of greater Christchurch.

Toi Tonu Ōtautahi is a whānau of professional Ngāi Tahu and Māori artists who create and exhibit in greater Christchurch. A key focus for Toi Tonu Ōtautahi is to ensure that Māori cultural values, arts and design become an integral and valued aspect of the greater Christchurch arts landscape. Furthermore, Toi Tonu Ōtautahi seeks to make a vital visual and aesthetic contribution to the redesign of civic and public spaces and buildings throughout greater Christchurch.

Christchurch City Council (CCC)

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was released on 30 July 2012. Except for urban design matters in the central city, CCC will continue as Christchurch’s principal planning authority, responsible for the administration of its District Plan. In particular, it will be involved in transitional projects and events; be a partial funder of anchor projects and work closely with CERA to effectively implement those provisions in the Recovery Plan that include direction to the CCC.

CCC is also leading the preparation of Master Plans for earthquake-damaged suburban areas.

Waimakariri District Council (WDC)

Under its Ten Year Plan, WDC states 'the community’s cultures, arts and heritage are conserved and celebrated' as one of its Community Well-being Outcomes. Heritage buildings and sites will be protected; different cultures are acknowledged and respected and there are wide-ranging opportunities for the community to participate in arts, and cultural activities.

WDC has a number of community museums managed by community groups and historical societies as well as three in private ownership. Arts organisations within the district include the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, Waimakariri Arts Collection Trust, the Oxford Arts Trust and the Kaiapoi Art Expo (managed by an incorporated society). There is also a wide variety of arts and cultural groups active in the community including speech and drama, music, dance, art/painting, photography, pottery, woodworking, spinning and weaving, patchwork, gardening and floral art. Te Ngāi Tuahuriri Rūnanga provides support for Kaumatua kapa haka and monthly Art Wānanga learning opportunities at the marae.

Selwyn District Council (SDC)

SDC provides resources and some funding to encourage collaboration, ensure accessibility, raise awareness, educate and promote the arts within its district. SDC encourages and supports the following organisations that preserve, promote and provide opportunity in arts, culture and heritage within the Selwyn District: The Selwyn Arts Trust, Arts Heart – Selwyn Central Community Arts Council, Malvern Community Arts Council, Lincoln University and District Historical Societies.

SDC supports the district’s arts, heritage and culture infrastructure by:

  • providing space for events, exhibitions, storage of heritage materials, and festivals ranging from major capacity indoor venues such as the Lincoln Events Centre, to public libraries, community and school halls, and churches
  • promoting arts activities to the community – eg Nutpoint Gallery, Community Arts Councils’ programmes, Selwyn Gallery exhibitions
  • providing locally based events that maximise access and ensure a greater participation of local residents (this includes a large number of audience members who formerly travelled into the Christchurch CBD from outlying areas to attend events and classes).

Environment Canterbury Regional Council Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha

Environment Canterbury is the regional council working with the people of Canterbury to manage the region's air, water and land. It is a strategic partner with CERA, Ngāi Tahu, CCC, WDC and SDC in the recovery of greater Christchurch and is committed to the sustainable management of the environment while promoting the region's economic, social and cultural well-being.


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Remembrance activities – He Whakamaumaharatanga

Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

Lead Agency Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial is planned in recognition of the events that have occurred in Canterbury and to help in the recovery of Christchurch by providing a focus for remembering.  Memory projects will be important for helping earthquake survivors to move forward and honour the lives of those who died.

Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

Site for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial; see more at the Christchurch Central Development Unit website

The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will honour the lives of those who died in the earthquake, acknowledge the trauma of people who experienced the earthquake and recognise those who helped in the rescue and recovery operation in the hours and days following the February 22 quake.

The chosen site is part of Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct between Montreal Street and Rhododendron Island.  The site was selected following feedback from bereaved family members, which showed common themes of a wish for the memorial to incorporate water, trees and greenery.  The site also fits the criteria of being easy to access from the central city, and in a peaceful and reflective setting.

The shape of the Memorial will be decided through an anonymous open design process.  The first stage of the process is called “Ideas to Remember” which calls for people to submit their ideas of what the memorial should be – open to anyone of any age, across the world.

MCH led the first phase of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial project in collaboration with the CCC, CERA and Ngāi Tahu. CERA is leading the second (implementation) phase of the project including site selection, design and construction of the Memorial.  CERA’s statutory partners, with the inclusion of MCH, continue to work together on its delivery.

The Steering Group will manage the following aspects of the project

First phase completed – led by MCH

  • site criteria and selection
  • project budget
  • consultation process undertaken and documented

Second Phase – led by CERA

  • site confirmation
  • communications and engagement throughout the project
  • design selection via rigorous competitive process
  • detailed designs
  • construction of memorial
  • unveiling of the memorial (planned with strategic partners)

The unveiling of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial is planned for February 2016.

The Government has set aside up to $10 million for the Memorial, along with $1 million from the Mayoral Relief Fund.

Canterbury Earthquakes Images, Stories and Media Integrated Collection (CEISMIC)

Lead Agency – CEISMIC consortium

The CEISMIC consortium was launched in October 2012 and is dedicated to the preservation and study of information relating to the Canterbury earthquakes.  Consortium members include MCH, Te Papa, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, the University of Canterbury, National Library, NZ On Screen, Christchurch City Libraries, CERA, Canterbury Museum and the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. The CEISMIC website, as it develops over time, will become the portal to a world-class, federated archive of Canterbury earthquake stories, images and media.

As part of CEISMIC, MCH has established the QuakeStories website in partnership with NZ Interactive. Members of the public are invited to contribute earthquake stories in their own words to create a living memorial to share with future generations.

Remembering Christchurch – Oral History Project

Lead Agency – MCH (Alison Parr, oral historian)

During 2013, MCH recorded twenty life history interviews with long-term Christchurch citizens aged between 70 and 90, representing the diversity of Christchurch life.  The focus of the project is their memories of the city in decades past – the human heritage that was part of Christchurch and its suburbs before so much was lost or changed in the earthquakes.

The interviews are being edited and a book of extracts with illustrations was published in 2015.


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Fit-for-purpose permanent venues and facilities – He Whare, He Wāhi, He Wāhi Hāngai

Performing Arts Precinct (Anchor Project – CCRP)

Lead Agency – Christchurch City Council / Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

The new Performing Arts Precinct is planned to provide a permanent home for the Court Theatre, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Music Centre of Christchurch.   

In June 2014 the Music Centre of Christchurch announced it would soon begin construction of a new facility ($14 million) which will include a 350-seat concert hall.  Negotiations are continuing with Court Theatre and the CSO.

The new performing arts facilities will be connected by public open space and serviced by a new, privately-built car parking building.  Areas of public open space between the buildings will also provide a venue for performance art, as well as a general gathering place.

The location of the Performing Arts Precinct recognises the restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal which re-opened in November 2014.  Nearby is the Christchurch Town Hall (including the Douglas Lilburn auditorium and James Hay Theatre).  CCC is overseeing the restoration of this building.

In close proximity will also be the new Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct and the New Central Library connecting with the Square.  Together with the Performing Arts Precinct, these anchor projects, with a mix of hotels and retail, will attract business and events to the city centre.

The Performing Arts Precinct is a jointly led project and will be delivered by CERA and the CCC

Proposed time and process

The Music Centre of Christchurch will commence construction in early 2015 and construction of the rest of the Precinct is likely to commence in early 2016.

Kaiapoi Library / Service Centre

Lead Agency – Waimakariri District Council

The Kaiapoi Library and the Kaiapoi Service Centre are currently operating out of temporary premises (separate buildings).

The Kaiapoi Museum building has been demolished and the collection is currently stored at the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre at Wigram.

WDC will replace the Kaiapoi Service Centre, Library and Museum with a new purpose-designed service centre and library with museum and art gallery space. 

Design work commenced in 2012.

Cost and funding commitments are estimated to be $13 million.  Costs are included in the Council’s 2012-22 Ten Year Plan.

For earthquake recovery updates on projects see – www.waimakariri.govt.nz

Proposed time and process

The building is expected to open in January 2015.

Rangiora Town Hall

Lead Agency – Waimakariri District Council

WDC will extend the Rangiora Town Hall to make it a performing arts centre for the district.  The building is also being earthquake strengthened.

The plans include a refurbished auditorium, a new 150 seat theatre, dressing rooms, a function foyer, music studios and two cinemas.

The cost of the projects is budgeted at $10.7 million (plus $1 million fit-out) and features in the 2012-22 Waimakariri District Council’s Ten Year Plan.

For earthquake recovery updates on projects see – www.waimakariri.govt.nz

Proposed time and process

Work commenced in mid-2012 and the building will reopen in February 2015.

Oxford Town Hall

Lead Agency – Waimakariri District Council

WDC has approved final plans for redevelopment of the Oxford Town Hall.  The concept plans were drawn up after consultation with the Oxford community and users of the hall. 

The Town Hall building will be partially demolished, retaining the auditorium but removing the old A & P room, kitchen and store room.  The auditorium will be strengthened and its heating, lighting and ventilation upgraded.  The addition will include a new A & P room, back-of-house storage and changing facilities, multipurpose atrium, and a new kitchen and toilet facilities.  

For earthquake recovery updates on projects see – www.waimakariri.govt.nz

The cost of the projects is budgeted at $2.5 million (plus $350,000 fit-out)

Proposed time and process

The building is expected to open in February 2015.

Community Centres and Halls Strategic Plan for Selwyn District

Lead Agency – Selwyn District Council

SDC has recently adopted a Strategic Plan for its community centres and halls within the district.  The Strategic Plan provides guidance to Council and stakeholders on the future provision and management of these important community facilities and is focussed on ensuring its network of community centres and halls deliver appropriate services in a sustainable manner.

The Plan recommends that Council staff provide professional advice and support to volunteer committees managing some of the smaller under-utilised facilities.  This could include support in programming and promoting arts, community and recreation events and activities.  There is also scope to tour arts events and performances around a number of the centres.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o wai Whetū

Lead Agency – Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch Art Gallery holds a collection of national significance with well over 6,000 works of art acquired since its foundation in 1932.

The Art Gallery is currently closed due to earthquake damage but continues to exhibit art with its 'Outer Spaces' projects. The art collection can also be accessed online through the Gallery’s website.

CCC has commenced work on its repair and enhancement plan for the Art Gallery.  The re-levelling work has been completed and the seismic improvement work is now underway.

Proposed time and process

The Gallery is expected to re-open by the end of 2015.

Canterbury Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waitaha

Lead Agency – Canterbury Museum Trust Board

Over the past 130 years the Canterbury Museum has been building its collection of national and international significance.  The Museum holds over 2.1 million items focussing on the human and natural history of the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Canterbury regions.

Since the earthquakes Canterbury Museum has re-opened to the public, however, some of the collection stores remain inaccessible due to earthquake damage. 

MCH is working with Canterbury Museum and other agencies to investigate the feasibility of its plan to redevelop the museum, advise on funding availability and to investigate opportunities to address the Museum’s long-standing building, storage and access issues so that it can sustainably provide a full range of services to the public. 

From a recovery perspective, MCH will work with the Museum to focus on damaged collection items and restoring access to the collections by public and private researchers.

February earthquake recovery of artefacts

February earthquake recovery of artefacts from an endangered portion of Lyttelton Museum. Darren Hammond (left) and Flight Sergeant Shayne Harris (right) take a model ship from the volunteer firefighters who entered the building. 4 March 2011 

Future Storage Options for Cultural Collections

Lead Agency – Ministry for Culture and Heritage (facilitator)

The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre at Wigram provides a temporary service until 2016. Long-term solutions are still to be determined.

The earthquakes presented the sector with a unique opportunity to establish a more connected approach to future housing of and access to cultural heritage collections, documentary heritage and archives in greater Christchurch.   There are opportunities for new collaborations, infrastructure configuration and governance models.

MCH will work with stakeholders to help determine needs for permanent re-housing of cultural heritage collections and archives, exploring options for future joint storage.  This includes liaising with:

  • CERA and the CERA partner agencies: CCC, SDC, WDC and Te Runanga Ngāi Tahu
  • Canterbury Museum
  • Department of Internal Affairs (Archives New Zealand, National Library)
  • Ngā Taonga  Sound and Vision
  • Te Papa (National Services)
  • Air Force Museum, Wigram
  • Small regional museums and libraries

Proposed time and process

This work will progress in 2015/16.


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Opportunities for artists and cultural groups to contribute to Christchurch’s recovery

Info gap

Info gap
Source: image courtesy of Christchurch City Libraries

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival – Hagley Park, Christchurch 4-8 March 2015

Lead Agencies – Te Matatini / Waitaha Cultural Council

Every two years Te Matatini organises the National Kapa Haka Festival, where elite kapa haka performers around New Zealand and Australia come together and compete for four days.  The Festival started in 1972 and is now the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts, attracting over 5,000 performers and 22,000 supporters and visitors per day.  While the main focus is kapa haka, Te Matatini also celebrates Māori culture and cuisine. 

Te Matatini is held in a different rohe (region) around New Zealand. 

In March 2015 the Festival will be held in Christchurch and hosted by the Waitaha Cultural Council, CCC and Ngāi Tahu.

Hosting a successful event in 2015 will be top priority for its organisers as the Festival will play a significant role in supporting Māori cultural recovery in greater Christchurch.  Festival organisers believe that hosting this premier Māori cultural event in 2015 will strengthen the culture of all iwi in the South Island and create an opportunity to give back to iwi who supported Christchurch in its time of need – to reciprocate that aroha, care and support.

Art by the River Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct (Art Trail)

Lead agency – Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

Art by the River is a public art legacy project in the Christchurch rebuild that complements a suite of art initiatives in the city.  It is being developed in partnership with the Avon River Precinct anchor project.

Art by the River seeks to:

  • deliver diverse and engaging integrated landscape works within the public realm design of the Te Papa Ōtatako/Avon River Precinct project
  • reinstate existing public art works within a curatorial framework that celebrates the vision, identity and intent of the Art Trail
  • attract broad community engagement and interest in the public art initiatives
  • engage artists through robust and transparent processes
  • establish a governance and management framework that ensures the future of the Art Trail
  • attract appropriate funding to deliver major public art works.

Initial works will be commissioned, completed and installed by late 2015.

CERA is working closely with its statutory partners and, in particular, is working closely with the CCC to ensure that the Art Trail is able to be maintained beyond the life of CERA.

A + A (Art and Architecture)

Lead Agency – Christchurch City Council

CCC staff are working to trial a range of approaches to integrate art and design elements into private developments (buildings and publicly accessible spaces) in the central city and provide work opportunities for the creative sector during the rebuild.

New building (above ground) development in Christchurch is estimated to be worth in the vicinity of $30 billion.  New developments will create spaces and diverse economic opportunities for the arts and creative sectors.

The scheme has the potential to:

  • create a distinctive cultural identity and point of difference for Christchurch
  • benchmark an innovative joint development between the construction and creative industries
  • enable the construction sector to actively demonstrate positive engagement with the wider community
  • create local work opportunities for the creative sector in the rebuild of central Christchurch

Timeline and process

CCC staff, together with external experts from the arts and construction industries, will determine the terms of reference to trial the scheme. Suitable projects will then be identified to participate in the trial.  These could include CCC-led anchor projects and private developments.


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Current and planned projects – Ko ngā Kaupapa kua Tautokona

The Arts and Culture Recovery Programme has strong links with the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (CCRP).  The CCRP outlines the future development of central Christchurch.  A series of anchor projects will help optimise the development and layout of a revitalised centre.  Anchor projects included in this Programme are Art by the River Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct (Art Trail), the Performing Arts Precinct and the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

The key projects supported by central and local government are grouped below under the following categories:

185 Empty Chairs memorial, 26 February 2012; by Andy Palmer

Source: image by Andy Palmer

In addition to this central government will continue to provide funding assistance to arts practitioners and organisations, primarily through CNZ.  It also has a particular interest in CBD anchor projects such as the Canterbury National Earthquake Memorial and the Performing Arts Precinct.  MCH will lead policy work and sector consultation on future storage options for cultural heritage collections in greater Christchurch in the long term once the temporary Recovery Centre at Wigram closes.  MCH is working with Canterbury Museum, which holds collections of national significance, on its future needs.

Local government is leading earthquake strengthening and rebuild projects for key cultural facilities across greater Christchurch such as the Christchurch Art Gallery. 


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Venues and facilities

In December 2011 the Court Theatre re-opened in a temporary venue, The Shed, located in Addington.  The Court provides year-round professional theatre performances.  It received funding for The Shed from the Appeal Trust, CNZ and Pub Charity.  CCC and CNZ also provide annual funding to the Court Theatre. A new permanent theatre is proposed as part of the Performing Arts Precinct currently being planned as part of the central city rebuild.  CCC will investigate the suitability of The Shed for other theatre and community groups once timing and process are confirmed for the Court to relocate in the central city.

The Isaac Theatre Royal (ITR) re-opened in November 2014 after a major rebuild/restoration project. Prior to the earthquakes, the theatre was one of Christchurch’s main performance venues particularly for opera, ballet, music theatre and touring shows. The Performing Arts Precinct. will be situated beside the ITR. The rebuild has been funded by the Isaac Theatre Royal Trust, the Mayoral Fund CCC, the Appeal Trust, Lottery Significant Projects Fund and private fundraising.

In January 2014 MCH commissioned the Christchurch Venue Overview and Assessment Report.  The impetus for the report came from concerns expressed by the local community regarding the lack of clarity around performing arts related venue development. The report provides an independent, expert view of the current situation and is intended to contribute information to the CERA Planning and Community Toolset (PACT) and assist venue developers and users in their decision making.  You can read the report here.

The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre (Cultural Recovery Centre) at the New Zealand Air Force Museum in Wigram was opened in February 2013.  The Museum has made space available for earthquake recovery and collection storage for up to six years.

The Cultural Recovery Centre provides a centralised collection storage and workshop in one secure location.  Air Force Museum staff provide day to day practical help and advice to organisations using the storage facility.  It enables Te Papa’s National Services Te Paerangi (National Services) to provide resources, share expert advice and enable museum professionals to work on conservation projects.  In 2013 Te Papa and Friends of Te Papa funded an intern position at the Cultural Recovery Centre and this position will continue.  This work is central to National Service’s mission to strengthen the museum sector by providing practical and strategic help to museums, galleries and iwi throughout New Zealand. 

The legacy value of the Cultural Recovery Centre is that:

  • cultural collections are saved for return to their existing remediated museums/institutions or new facilities
  • volunteer activity at small museums is maintained. Many museums are heavily dependent on volunteers; some run entirely by volunteers.  Extended periods of closure threaten this workforce just as much, if not more, than the paid workforce
  • there is greatly increased co-operation and financial synergies between Canterbury collecting agencies (plus national linkages).

An advisory board for the Cultural Recovery Centre chaired by the Director of the Air Force Museum includes representatives from National Services, Museums Aotearoa, Canterbury Museum and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.  Day-to-day operations are led and managed by the Air Force Museum.

The Cultural Recovery Centre has provided a special opportunity for the future – that of smaller institutions working together to increase experience and training in managing collections in accordance with international museum (and archive) standards.

The Centre provides a temporary service until 2016 and limited temporary service until 2018.  Long-term solutions for cultural collections and archives are still to be determined.  Funding for this project was provided by central government, the Appeal Trust and fundraising.

Te Papa is the national museum of New Zealand and works with museums, galleries, iwi (tribal groups), and related New Zealand organisations throughout New Zealand. Its role, through its National Services programme, is to improve museum practice and enhance museum services through collaboration.

Te Papa’s response to the Canterbury earthquakes is focused on assisting the rebuild of Christchurch by:

  • providing institutional support through practical recovery assistance, advice and expertise
  • capturing the historical context and telling the stories associated with the earthquakes
  • building and maintaining community morale and resilience through prioritising the delivery of cultural content (e.g. exhibitions and other experiences).

Te Papa’s approach recognises its national responsibilities while respecting the roles of the primary cultural institutions in Canterbury.


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