Red Zone Futures: Heritage Dr Christine Whybrew from Heritage New Zealand
Public Exhibition
Date: Saturday 26 May – Saturday 30 June 2018
Location: 99 Cashel St, Cashel Mall, Christchurch Central
Online Exhibition:

Heritage – Dr Christine Whybrew from Heritage New Zealand

We ask Dr Christine Whybrew from Heritage New Zealand why we should think about the Ōtākaro/Avon River corridor’s heritage as we plan for the future? She also shares some of Avonside’s history and discusses how our knowledge of an area’s heritage could help shape plans for its future use.
April 12, 2017

– The river is integral to the history of this area.
– Early farms, homesteads, but not many people are aware of the industrial history of this area.
– Our knowledge of the Red Zones history can affect our future use of these areas.
– At Heritage NZ we oversee the archaeological process and that requires that sites pre 1900 occupation are considered archaeological sites.
– When earthworks are undertaken at these sites, permission is first required from Heritage NZ, often an archaeologist is required to monitor works at the site, record what is on the land and the history of what is associated with what is on the land as well.
– Now our challenge is to use that knowledge, we know more, how can we help use this knowledge for planning in the future?
– Can this history inspire and influence the future uses of this land?
– While we at Heritage NZ know a lot about the Red Zones history, the communities that lived here know a lot lot more.
– We need to think about what technologies are available for us to record these histories and to keep retelling them into the future.
– We also need to think about how to anchor those stories to the place.
– In the Red Zone here in Avonside we can see a number of established trees and plantings, these would be connected to people’s home, to businesses, to life in this area. So we probably need to think about how we are going to protect these trees and plantings into the future to ensure the stories remain connected to the place, and then the people remain connected to the place.