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4/10/2018 10:00 a.m.
Thursday 4 October, 2018
A recent proposal to declare the
Allens Road Chinese Settlement in Ashburton an archaeological site has helped
launch the 97-year-old settlement into the national tourism spotlight.
The settlement was featured in the
Tourism Ticker daily email bulletin on Tuesday (2 October) morning, through a
video that was made of the site. Tourism Ticker is a daily digital news and
insight service for New Zealand’s tourism industry.
Experience Mid Canterbury General
Manager Bruce Moffat says the national media coverage is great news for the
village and district, and the settlement itself will be a real asset for the local
“The village is already getting
national media coverage, and heritage sites such as this generally have a wide
reach across the globe. The Chinese Village will be a real gem for the district’s
“Typically, the Chinese tour
companies don’t stop in our region, however we are experiencing a greater
number of Chinese free and independent travelling throughout our region now, so
this would complement their visit.”
Ashburton District Councillors were
joined by Senior Archaeologist with Heritage New Zealand Pourhere Taonga, Frank
Van der Heijden on 27 September during a visit to the settlement.
Mr Van der Heijden expressed that
Heritage New Zealand is proposing to declare the market garden settlement an
He reported that the settlement has
high historical value, and that while there used to be hundreds, if not
thousands of these kinds of market garden settlements all through New Zealand,
to their knowledge, only the Allens Road one remains.
“This is the only one in the country
where the buildings are actually still here,” he said.
The Council produced a short video of
the visit, which was then shared on YouTube and Facebook. The video was picked
up by Tourism Ticker and included in their daily bulletin.
The Ashburton District Council video (above) of the visit to the Chinese Settlement site was picked up by Tourism Ticker and included in their daily bulletin.
The proposal to declare the
settlement as an archaeological site would give the features at the market
garden the same protection as pre-1900 archaeological sites under Heritage New
Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
Mr Moffat added that Experience Mid
Canterbury will be giving the Chinese Settlement a high profile on their Chinese-based
Weibo social media platform, which has over 500 million members.
You can learn more about the visit tothe Ashburton Chinese Settlement and the proposed declaration here.