Heritage buildings to open to public

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 09:50 24/07/2013

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Some heritage buildings may be open to the public for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake as part of a one-off event.

The Christchurch City Council is calling on building owners to open their sites to the public before the Reconnect: Re-experience Heritage event to be held over three days in October.

The event will start with a one-day forum on Friday, October 18, co-ordinated by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, where a range of speakers will discuss repair and recovery issues.

Over the following Saturday and Sunday, a host of heritage buildings and sites throughout the city and Banks Peninsula will be opened to the public for visits and hosted walks, some for the first time since the quake.

Council natural environment and heritage unit manager Helen Beaumont said the unit wanted to hear from anyone in Christchurch or Banks Peninsula who would like their heritage site to be part of the event.

''Canterbury still has a great wealth of heritage and we'd love to give people the opportunity to get up close and personal with as many of these places as possible, all packaged up into one big weekend of reconnection," she said.

Anyone interested in including a heritage building or site in Reconnect: Re-experience Heritage is asked to register their interest by August 16 by emailing heritageevent@ccc.govt.nz or phoning Clare Steel on 941 8789.

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