Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House wins Supreme Heritage Award


A transformation of Kate and Walter Sheppard’s 1888 Kauri villa has won Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga the Supreme Heritage Award at the Box 112 Canterbury Heritage Awards.

Canterbury Heritage Awards dinner in the Christ's College dining hall

The sold-out ceremony at Christ’s College Dining Hall on Friday 11 June was a celebration of saved, restored, cultural and future heritage. There were 9 winners across 6 categories with an incredibly high standard of entrants.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga was delighted to receive both the Outstanding Contribution to Heritage Award, and the Supreme Heritage Award for Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House.

Purchased in 2019 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand, the house has been adapted to a visitor destination to celebrate Kate Sheppard’s life and achievements, the suffrage movement and its legacy of social change. The rear rooms of the house have been carefully adapted into spaces for public education and gatherings.

“We feel privileged to care for this place and spent a lot of time developing an exhibition that would balance respect for the heritage fabric with inclusive and engaging interpretation” says Manager Heritage Assets South, Christine Whybrew.  “To be recognised in this way is very humbling.”

Heritage New Zealand staff were also thrilled to see other heritage owners acknowledged for their work.

“Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be a sponsor and keen supporter of these significant awards,” says Director Southern, Sheila Watson. “We love seeing other heritage owners who we have supported being recognised. Other notable category winners were Montrose Station Homestead (Cat 2), Awaroa/Godley Head Coastal Defence Site (Historic Area) and Arts Centre School of Art building (Cat 1).”

The full list of winners will be posted on the Canterbury Heritage Awards website.

- Rosemary Baird