Canterbury Heroes

Twelve Local Heroes

The Canterbury Heroes are a set of bronze busts sculpted by Mark Whyte. They were initially installed in the Arts Centre on Worcester Boulevard in Christchurch. They are now located at the Ilam campus of the University of Canterbury as an art trail Twelve Local Heroes.

The twelve heroes were chosen by the Local Heroes Trust whose members include former Christchurch Art Gallery Trust chairman Chris Brocket, Arts Foundation of New Zealand trustee Ros Burdon, Susan and Jim Wakefield, and Sir Miles Warren.

The Canterbury heroes and the annotations on their plaques are as follows:

Sir Don Beaven

Doctor, research specialist and teacher, loved and respected as the founder of diabetes research and care in New Zealand, tireless promoter of the healthy life.

Don Beaven

Frank Dickson

First Chief Executive of the Canterbury Savings Bank 1962-1988, leader and inspirer of the team which created over $300 million of funds for the Canterbury Community Trust.

Frank Dickson

Sir Richard Hadlee

World class international cricketer, premier fast bowler and all-rounder, first bowler to capture 400 test wickets, long standing supporter of sports youth development and health.

Richard Hadlee

Lady Diana Isaac

Quarrying and construction company co-founder, dedicated conservator of native birds, preserver of historic buildings, philanthropic benefactor to Christchurch.

Diana Isaac

Elsie Locke

Political, social and local community activist, well-loved historian and writer, determined and doughty fighter for the rights of the under-dog, active to the end.

Elsie Locke

Charles Luney

Master builder of many of the foremost buildings of Christchurch, upright and respected contractor and employer for the 75 years of his working life.

Charles Luney

Margaret Mahy

Christchurch children’s librarian, world-famous writer of magical stories and verse for children and young adults, giver of the gift of imagination.

Margaret Mahy

Sir Tipene O’Regan

Rakatira, kaumatua, writer, orator and teacher, principal negotiator of the Ngai Tahu Settlement, which brought many positive results for all of Canterbury.

Tipene O

Sir Robertson (Bob) Stewart

Businessman and industrialist, founder of PDL group of companies, pioneering exporter, generous host and benefactor to many causes.

Robertson Stewart

William Sutton

Artist, painter and craftsman, student and teacher (1934-41, 1946-79) at Canterbury College and University, pre-eminent painter of Canterbury landscapes and people.

William Sutton

Sir Angus Tait

Father of the electronics and radio-communications industry in Christchurch, life-long supporter of research and development, generous benefactor of educational opportunities for others.

Angus Tait

Sir Miles Warren

Eminent architect, at the fore-front of building design for over 50 years, generous supporter of the arts and tireless worker for the betterment of Christchurch.

Miles Warren

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