Positive attitude brings rewards

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 17/11/2011

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

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Restored heritage buildings and earthquake space-fillers have been recognised at a Christchurch awards ceremony.

The 2011 Civic Trust Awards were held last night, with several quake-related organisations picking up awards.

Trust chairman Neil Roberts said the awards, which started in 1977, had been set up to recognise people who had shown "real initiative" in supporting the city's environment or heritage.

This year's awards had gone to groups which had tried to move on from the city's devastating earthquakes, he said.

"Rather than looking back and reflecting on what we've lost, all of these people are looking forward to something new."

The supreme award went to the Otahuna Lodge in Tai Tapu.

The owners of the historic homestead had quickly repaired significant damage caused by the September and February earthquakes. The speed of the repairs was remarkable, Roberts said.

Two quake-specific initiatives, arts group Gap Filler and greenspace developer Greening the Rubble, were among five other organisations to receive awards.

Roberts said the groups had ensured that the city's vacant sites were put to good use.

"They've made devastated areas a little livelier, and kept that momentum of hope going."

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