TDM Events provides event management services to the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust, which was established in 2010 to deliver a quality and innovative heritage awards programme.
The Canterbury Heritage Awards recognise excellence in heritage retention and conservation, heritage tourism and heritage education within the public and private sector and promote the values of best practice heritage retention and conservation to the wider community.
The inaugural awards were launched in June 2010 with the first awards ceremony taking place in October 2010. The 2010 awards focussed on nominations and entries from the Christchurch area. The 2012 awards were extended to cover Canterbury with the long term strategic goal including the development of a national heritage awards programme.
The Right Honourable Helen Clark, ONZ, currently head of the United Nations Development Programme is the Patron of the Canterbury Heritage Awards. Neil Dawson, prominent New Zealand sculptor, has been commissioned to design the Category Award Trophy and the Supreme Award Trophy. The judging panel is chaired by Anna Crighton and includes international heritage expert Jim Gard’ner from Heritage Victoria.
Funding for the Canterbury Heritage Awards is sourced from grants and the establishment of a complimentary family of sponsors who have naming rights to an appropriate award category and also supporting sponsors. TDM Events and the Trust work collaboratively with existing heritage agencies and stakeholders and through its own marketing initiatives to ensure maximum exposure for the awards, the award finalists and recipients and sponsors, to the wider community.