Posts Tagged ‘rebuild’

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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Matai Common

Matai Common in Mollett Street is part of the enhancement of the city’s South Frame.  The idea is to use stories, plants, and landscape design to create a unique and welcoming urban place.   It features attractive plantings with boards explaining how the various native plants can be used.

Matai Common

Today the only inhabitants were rebuild workers on their morning break, but there are monthly Sunday markets here, and an invitation for other community events.  Yikes is responsible for the mural near the Colombo Street entrance.

Mollett Street mural by Yikes

As the rebuild continues the South Frame will have three more gathering spaces like this, all linked by pedestrian and cycle ways.

“A common space where we can rest
when relaxation is the quest.”


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King Edward Barracks

Kai Tahu have made a wonderful job of redeveloping the site where the King Edward Barracks used to stand.  The buildings surround a central park called Nga Mara o Te Wera (the gardens of Te Wera).

There are many lovely touches, such as the drawings of birds along the edges of the grassed area.

A sculpture of a shell by Virginia King is a tribute to Lisa Willems who lost her life in the February 2011 earthquake.

The original foundation stone for the Barracks has been preserved, and a plaque alongside says “The cry of many voices lost.  Forever held in our memories.”

One wall has many studs, each with the initials of one of the team who led the project.

This whole place demonstrates care and love in a way which is not often seen, and it is a pleasure to visit.

“The Barracks have emerged anew
with history acknowledged too.”

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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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Weapons Wanted

The worker on the right has a t-shirt with a good slogan.  It reads “Weapons of Mass Construction”.

“To use these weapons to rebuild
we need tradespeople who are skilled.”

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Victoria Square will be closed for the next year, while it’s being upgraded.  A public outcry persuaded the powers-that-be to revise their earlier plans, but the work will still take a long time.  The whole area is now fenced, with blue mesh that precludes taking photos.  I used to walk through the Square weekly, but that’s not now possible.

Signs suggest people take an alternate path on the other side of the river, which I did.  From here you can see the work in progress, overlooked by Captain Cook.

Visitors are instructed to head to The Commons if they want food and drink, and at midday on Thursday there were just two food trucks operating, and the only customers seemed to be those working on the Town Hall rebuild.

With Cathedral Square still in such a sad state it’s a pity Victoria Square will be out of bounds until 2018.  If you’re looking for a pleasant green space in the central city right now, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground is the place to go.

“I miss our green Victoria Square
and pleasant weekly walks through there.”




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A sign saying ‘footpath closed’ was in my way as I walked to the Book Fridge yesterday.  I’d already jaywalked across the road, and along this ‘closed’ footpath before I got to the sign, so I ignored it, as I do many others of the same ilk.

On my second trip to the fridge (I’m decluttering), as I went to cross the road a man in a high vis vest came running towards me, waving his arms to deter me.  He assured me that it was illegal for me to cross near my house and there was dangerous work going on that meant I could be killed.  The work was concrete cutters on the opposite footpath, and a noisy suction truck.

I queried how it could be more dangerous for me to cross and walk along a footpath where I would be further from the work than I was standing at my front gate, and he said “it just is”.  When I persisted he told me I would be acting illegally to cross there (which I do several times a week).  He said I might die, and it was his job to stop me crossing, otherwise he would be responsible for any consquences.  I then queried the fact that a car was parked beside that very same ‘closed’ footpath, and he replied that it had been there all day – presumably that meant it wasn’t in danger!  While we spoke a woman drove up and parked her car beside the path outside Piko (on yellow lines).  He said this was illegal, but didn’t make any attempt to stop her.

I dutifully walked up to the corner and crossed on the pedestrian crossing, and later observed others using the ‘closed’ path without being accosted.

It is this kind of officiousness that has been annoying so many people during the central city rebuild.   I appreciate this man had health and safety obligations, but he needs to have a logical explanation rather than saying “it just is”.  During the night there were continual noises, and this morning the footpath is clear once more.

“I’m sick and tired of road restrictions
and these unneeded path evictions.”

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