|3 April 2001|
Turning Point 2000 At Its End
Turning Point 2000, the organisation that managed nearly 30 major events and projects to celebrate and commemorate the Millennium and Canterburys 150th anniversary, will cease to exist at the end of the week.
was formed in 1995 with 14 advisory groups set up to develop events and projects
in different areas of interest. Nearly 300 community leaders and experts volunteered
about 40,000 hours over four years.
Turning Point 2000
also raised more than $4 million for its projects, including a grant of $1.48
million from the Community Trust. The Christchurch City Council provided about
$1.5 million for core funding over five years.
The funds went
towards the many and varied projects and events. They included the 150th anniversary
celebrations and The Childrens Millennium Games. Projects such as the
Sister Cities Gardens and many restoration and conservation projects on
the Port Hills are some that will provide a legacy for future generations.
were the Dawn 2000 Sunrise Breakfast, Art 2000s installation of Tapestry
2000 in the Christchurch Town Hall, Enjoying the Port HIlls by Publications
and Port Hills 2000, and many more.
150th anniversary events, other events and projects are recorded in the free
colour booklet, Looking Back - Looking Forward, available from Council offices
and libraries. The booklet is a memento of Turning Point 2000 events.
Still to come are
Chalice, the Neil Dawson sculpture to be placed in Cathedral Square and Rural
Canterbury: Celebrating Its History will be published later this month.
The Sister Cities Gardens, Canterbury Highway 2000 and Sport 2000s Archive Project will continue to develop over the next few years.
Turning Point 2000s
chairman, Ian Leggat, says: It will leave behind rich memories and tangible
treasures. It has shown what our city and province can achieve when people share
their talents and their strengths for a common purpose.
Turning Point 2000s
chief executive, Rae Finlay, says what makes Christchurch great is the people.
The 3000 people who dedicated so much time and enthusiasm to the events and
projects are truly the cream of the crop. These people came together for four
years and gave their knowledge, vision and passion.
Tonight, from 5.30pm, a civic function will be held at the Great Hall, Arts Centre, to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of the board of Turning Point 2000 and its advisory groups.
Rae Finlay, Chief Executive: 025 542 000 or 03 941 6346.