Archive for the ‘Earthquake’ Category

The Rose Historic Chapel in Colombo Street has reopened after earthquake repairs, and the public was invited to visit this afternoon.  I remember walking past in March 2011, when earthquake damage meant you could see right through the building.  Today it looked as good as new.

Rose Chapel

Apparently someone painstakingly collected all the pieces of coloured glass and the exquisite stained glass windows, reputedly some of the best in Canterbury, have been lovingly restored.  I especially like the one that’s dedicated to the memory of the Gardner family.

Gardner family window

I have fond memories of taking weddings in this chapel and it was good to visit today and sit and listen to Helen Webby playing the harp.  There were crowds of people and I’m sure the chapel will again be popular for ceremonies and concerts.  It’s wonderful that one of our historic buildings has been brought back.

“This fine stone chapel now restored
a project we can all applaud.’


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The memorial garden on the CTV site has now been completed.  The families of the 115 people who died here were able to have their thoughts and wishes included, and it all looks very appropriate, with cherry trees, a place for mementoes, and discreet lights for nighttime.  I like that they’ve left some of the original surface and carparks.

CTV site

Place for mementoes

With the 185 white chairs just across the road, this area has far more meaning for me than the bland national memorial by the river.

“One place will suit some, one may not
and each may choose a preferred spot.”

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Last week there was scaffolding outside the new Oxford Terrace Baptist Church while they were setting the old pillars in place.

Today it’s all complete and ready for the official opening this afternoon.  It’s good to see the pillars back, even if there’s only a few of them.

“Another building has returned
for which its people long have yearned.”




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I love this sign on a seat outside the old High Street Post Office (now C1 Espresso).  It commemorates the Christchurch that was bulldozed by bureaucracy in 2015.

Nearby is an older plaque commemorating our first public water supply in 1864.

On the footpath there’s a barely legible sign which says “there’s nothing to see here.”

Perhaps this path, complete with bronze corgis, should be renamed revolution corner?

“This rebel area of town
could turn convention upside-down.”


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Gloucester Street Bridge is finally open again.  It’s been closed for almost four years.  The traffic lights at the Durham/Gloucester Street intersection are operational once more, and it’s possible to walk or drive across the bridge.  Once over, the only choice at present is to head north on Cambridge Terrace, but I appreciate having another option in this area.

“The Gloucester Bridge has opened wide
with access to the other side.”

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Both quads of the Arts Centre are now open, and hosting new sculptures.  I couldn’t find any reference to title or artist for these, but gather they may be the work of fine arts students, and part of the Whakahoki exhibition.

Sculpture in North Quad

Sculpture in South Quad

“These sculptures don’t yet have a name
denying those artists their fame.”




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The national earthquake memorial is huge.  The marble wall looks bland from across the river.

But close up there’s lots to see and contemplate.

I did wonder about the blank parts of the wall.  It’s almost as though they’re waiting for more disasters to be inscribed.  The Mauri with its constantly running water is a great idea.

No memorial will suit everyone, and this will meet many needs.  I still find the 185 chairs more moving.

“For me, the chairs just say it all
and I prefer them to the wall.”

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