Whanganui Heritage Month

01/10/2020 - 31/10/2020

Whanganui will host a number of significant events during October Heritage Month.  These include an inaugural Whanganui Regional Heritage Awards ceremony on 1 October to celebrate heritage and conservation in the Whanganui, Ruapehu, and Rangitīkei Districts; the annual New Zealand Planners Conference on 15 and 16 October; and the Historic Places Aotearoa AGM and Heritage Conference on 17 October.

Whanganui streetscape

Dame Anna Crighton, Christchurch Heritage Trust Chair, Andrew Coleman, Chief Executive of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT), and James Blackburne, Gisborne architect and President of Historic Places Aotearoa, will be judges of the Heritage Awards. There are eight award categories – Domestic- saved and restored; Public Realm- saved and restored; Heritage Tourism; Outstanding contribution to heritage; Future Heritage; Seismic; Māori Realm and Rural and Rangitīkei – saved and restored.

The Heritage Planners Conference attracts planners from around the country to share information on legislation and modern influences for the revitalisation of towns and cities.

Members of Historic Places Aotearoa will be invited to share their key strategies, ideas and concerns with special keynote speakers for the conference being Hon. Marian Hobbs, Chair Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board, Tā John Clarke, Chair of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Māori Heritage Council, and Andrew Coleman, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive.

The programme is now available and registrations are open.  Enquiries to Helen Craig on 021 103 0737 or email whanganui.heritagetrust@gmail.com 

Programme details are at www.whanganuiheritagetrust.org.nz and you can watch the Whanganui Heritage Month 2020 video on YouTube.