The Heritage Christchurch set in the site of the former Old Government Building, has been a part of the Christchurch hospitality industry since its opening in 1996.
Sequestered behind the red zone cordon for two and a half years, the building emerged lovingly restored last Friday when the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, performed the official reopening.
Highlighting the building’s strategic location, he said, “The reopening of the Old Government Building is a potent symbol that Christchurch will be rebuilt, and that after the devastation and heartache of recent times, there is a brighter future ahead.”
Hosting the official event was Heritage Hotel Management’s managing director, Jeffrey Tang who acknowledged the importance of the hotel’s building in Christchurch’s architectural heritage and as part of the regenerating hospitality industry.
“We are delighted to celebrate Christchurch’s ‘Heritage’ and the reopening of our beautiful century old hotel building, restoring it to the city’s priceless inventory of working historic buildings,” he said.