Heritage & culture in the Christchurch rebuild - East Frame

Purapura o mua,
hua a muri

Seeds sown yesterday are the fruits of tomorrow

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Seeds sown yesterday are the fruits of tomorrow

Our culture

Our master planning approach carefully considers the cultural sensitivity and heritage of the land we develop. We work closely with mana whenua and other interested parties to retain the character of the land and to respect the residents who have gone before us.
Ngāi Tūāhuriri is the local Ngāi Tahu hapu that holds mana whenua over the Christchurch CBD. We work with Matapopore who are the organisation established by Ngāi Tūāhuriri to weave values, narratives and aspirations into the fabric of the East Frame Residential precinct in order to guide and inform design.
The central area of Christchurch was of significance to Ngāi Tahu as a mahinga kai (traditional food and natural resource gathering) and as an important part of the network of trails which connected Christchurch to these natural resources and to other Maori settlements in the area.
Māra kai and mahinga kai have been identified as the kaupapa/foundation concepts which underpin design outcomes for the East Frame Residential precinct. Māra kai and mahinga kai are about sustenance and a deep understanding and respect of the whenua (land) and our relationship to the whenua. They are about creating opportunities for robust community interactions and a seamless interface between residential and open spaces within the East Frame.

(The cultural narrative for the East Frame Residential precinct has been written by Debbie Tikao and Keri Waitiri on behalf of the Matapopore Charitable Trust)

Preserving the past

Fletcher Living understands the importance of respecting and enhancing the past and is committed to Christchurch heritage.
The Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund was formed in January 2011, with a $1 million kick-start from Fletcher Building. The Fund provides assistance to the owners of earthquake-damaged heritage and character buildings. Fletcher Building also pledged $6 million towards the region’s earthquake recovery and reconstruction efforts. With $1 million from this total helping to preserve the McKenzie and Willis building facade in October 2011.