Local Heart, Global Soul

August 21, 2018

Part IV, This Story Closes But Actually Just Begins…

The story of the events of 2010 and 2011 have brought us to this point. This barrier between a construction site and public space has been used to literally illustrate  Christchurch New Zealand’s, spirit, culture and events. I think that this is a very “different” mural, it may be temporary but it’s informative, decorative and practical, and a credit to the designers and writers who created it. This “story” may close today but the story of the Christchurch rebuild, and the strength, spirit and creativity that has emerged after the earthquakes that razed vast sections of the city has in some way come alive. There is a social spirit here that only comes after people have survived and banded together to get through a major disaster, or in this case, a series of them.  I don’t forget either that all of New Zealand got behind Christchurch after the quakes and want the best for a city that has had so much loss. This “story” may close, but in fact it only just begins…

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Hey! We’ve seen these little dudes already:  Sheep On The Line!    https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/new-3002/

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August 20, 2018

Part III Of Ōtautahi /Christchurch’s Story…

This is Part III of a Four part story, written about the city of Ōtautahi / Christchurch’s history, especially concerning the events and on-going rebuild following the large earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Please refer back to the previous two posts for the beginning of the story, Enjoy!

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These are the tightly packed, folded up fronds of the Silver Fern, before they unfurl into beautiful, long delicate fronds.

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I think this is meant to be a fantail, one of many native birds found only in New Zealand. They are a friendly, cheeky tiny bird, found in the “bush” (New Zealand’s native forests) and cities alike…

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Three flowers probably spring to mind when a Kiwi has to name a flower that have a distinctive New Zealand identity: The “Pohutukawa“, bright red flowers that earned the nick-name “New Zealand Christmas tree” because it flowers at Christmas, The “Mount Cook Daisy“, and the “Kowhai“, (means “yellow” in Maori) shown here: a beautiful and delicate flower produced in overflowing abundance on it’s trees…

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August 19, 2018

Part II Of The Billboard Story Continues…

The protective wooden boards used to separate the building site that will one day be the Christchurch Convention centre and the public pavements and roads in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square, have a beautifully illustrated story on them. This is part Two of a Four part series that makes up the entire story. It seemed pointless to type out all of the text bubbles, I took photographs of them instead so that they would be easy to read and posted them in with their relevant image photographs. Again I missed something somewhere, that bubble text for that board has been typed out so that you don’t need to peer at the smaller, fuzzier, less pixeled resized image that WordPress needs for the pages here. Let’s open the story from where we left off in yesterday’s post and read!

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I missed another caption. The next one says: “…We learned to dance in the face of adversity, knowing that

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August 18, 2018

Let Me Tell You A Story…

The new Conference Centre that is being built in Cathedral Square, Christchurch is a massive project. There are more of the wooden boards we have seen earlier; the ones that separate the construction area from the area where the general public are. This “wall” of wood  behind the white car and white van in the photograph below has been very wisely used, in fact there is an entire series of pictures and captions here. I photographed both, the captions are in the form of speech bubbles in any instances and I’ve positioned them either above or below the main images that they match so there is no need to strain your eyes. Make yourself comfortable, and let me tell you a story…

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I forgot to photograph  the next speech bubble. It says; “Ture Wairua

Mana Whenua (the people of this land) are guided by a set of beliefs and principles about the world, that are still relevant today.

By sharing our legend with you, I’m introducing “ture wairua”, the spiritual dimension of our beliefs.”

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Is the story over? just for today, yes, but sign in tomorrow for the next instalment because the story continues tomorrow…

August 17, 2018

A Place Of Intense Feeling…

The War Memorial in the Square in Christchurch is a wonderful piece of art work. If it were possible for emotion to ooze out of a statue, then this would be an example of it. We can only see it from a distance at the moment, I hope to take photographs that would do it justice at sometime in the future. There is a large fence all around here, the only gap is filled with a wire fence. By zooming in I attempt to blur the wire out of existence. This statue is not just an artwork, for many it’s a place of intense feeling.

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August 16, 2018

Beautiful Whilst It Lasts…

Underneath the “black box building” of yesterdays post, there is another mural. It’s a temporary one, the sort of wooden screen that divides the construction area off from the public area and protects passes by from any construction related accident. Large machinery and the like. This mural may not be here forever but it’s beautiful whilst it lasts.

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August 15, 2018

Hopefully Not Just A Big Black Box…

There is an unusual building being constructed in the Square, the central point of Christchurch , New Zealand. At first glance it looks like it is going to be a giant black box, but I think that there are frameworks for (triangular?) shapes (I may be completely wrong here) and that the current black cladding may only be insulation of some sort. The building is imposing and stands on the site of the former Warner’s Hotel. It will look completely different by the time we are next in New Zealand, so here is a snapshot of how it looks during its construction…

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August 14, 2018

Trying To Identify The Past, In The Present…

Continuing from yesterdays post, Himself and I make our way to the traditional centre of the city of Christchurch: The Square. This is the area of Colombo Street near it’s Armagh Street intersection, opposite Victoria Square. The Forsyth Barr building is slightly to the right of this photograph.

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I forget exactly what was next to the red brick building in the centre of the next photograph, but Farmers Department store was to the right of it…

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It kind of looks likes something that wouldn’t look out of place on a Parisian street. It has a very French style to it I think….

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New building on the Armagh, Colombo street corner.

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Inside the Square. looking at where a new Convention Centre is being started (Yellow crane area)…

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I knew this building as Noah’s Hotel. Apparently it had a change of ownership and name which I have heard and sort of know, but can’t recall at this moment.

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It looks rather sad at the moment.

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I’m not at all sure if this is an indication that the building is not destined to live in it’s current form, is demolition imminent? Repair? It’s hard to tell.

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The historic former Visitor Information Center in the background is undergoing some serious repair measures…

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There used to be a Picture theatre here and a cluster of little shops in older buildings…

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We will try and drive closer to the Visitors Centre later.

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Zoom lens comes in handy.

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In the photographs below, Isn’t this where the historic building was that had a “particular” makeover in the 1980’s? The one where they were not allowed to do away with the beautiful historic façade, so they gutted the rest of the building and grew a glass high-rise out of the top of it? It was the strangest looking architectural “marriage” you have ever seen.

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August 13, 2018

This Building Should Ring True To Tradition…

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The Christchurch Town Hall was famous around the world because it had been built to have superb acoustics.

In my youth I was chosen to take part in a major production held in the Town Hall and despite the rigors of rehearsals and the roughly twenty four public performances, it remains a sharp memory to this day, one that I cherish.

It was certainly an insight into the theatre world and whilst I was too invested in other career possibilities to follow it up at the time, it could have changed my life if I had chosen that path.

I also whent to both the main auditorium and the James Hay theater on many other occasions for many other events, so it will be interesting to see inside the Town Hall complex once earthquake repairs have been completed.

I see that the section of the building I can currently view, has bracing at the top, plus it looks like new windows are in place, sill with their protective clean plastic over them, waiting for the final reveal.

Who knows what surprises this building will have once it reopens, but I am sure of one thing, they will surely be making certain that the acoustics are still so good that every note from the stage is as crystal clear as in pre-quake days. That would be ringing true to the Town Hall tradition.

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Where the yellow crane is, is where the Park Royal once stood.

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Looking behind me, up Colombo street…

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August 11, 2018

The “Damaged, Departed, Developing” Tour Continues…

Looking around the heart of Christchurch city very early on a Sunday morning, Himself and I see many changes and buildings in all states of demolition or renewal. There are more empty plots of land than I saw last trip, I imagine new designs and plans underway in architects offices, finance being arranged, the city planners pouring over it all to give approval. The planning stage of new buildings always takes considerable time. (Below): We have turned off Colombo Street and are heading towards Hagley Park on Hereford Street…

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Christchurch City Council Buildings on the right…

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…the Dux de Lux restaurant being repaired. another landmark building, thankfully still with us.

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Behind the Dux I see shipping containers and not much more before we go past… I worry about the wonderful Academy Theatre, an  independent picture theatre that stood a bit behind here and in which I have spent countless hours of my youth watching arthouse films. The theatre is set back a little way from the road so I’m not certain if it’s damaged, gone or just obscured.

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The Arts Centre in Christchurch is located in the former University site, it gets no official funding and relies on donations to help  with rebuilding and repair of damage caused by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.  These stunning buildings deserve all the help they can get.

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Photographs now jump back to near the top end of Colombo Street, looking south towards the Port Hills, the tall Forsyth Barr building visible in the center of the picture. This is the Colombo / Salisbury Street corner and I had my first flat a short distance from this intersection.

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There was a small garage on the corner here for a while, then a car place, everything was low-rise and full of character now I see a billboard that says there will be a block of flats here eventually. Even though I no longer live here and haven’t for years, this is a shock to the system. I’ve walked this pavement more times than I care to remember on my way to and from work.

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Colombo and Kilmore Street intersection, looking past the Town Hall (on the left) towards Hagley Park.

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Same intersection looking behind, north up Colombo Street, away from the Port Hills. The famous little shop “Johnsons” used to be on the left hand side of Colombo Street, the Caledonian Hall used to be to the right of the photograph on Kilmore Street. (The Bagpipers used to meet and practice here, sometimes in big groups I think because when they were getting ready for big events you could still hear the music two blocks away). It was quite stirring and my walk would often turn into kind of a march without evening thinking about it.

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Repairing Christchurch’s famous Town Tall, with the James Hay Theatre and renowned acoustics. (Standing on Colombo Street with Kilmore Street slightly to my right)

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Opposite the previous photograph, the river Avon and behind, a building close to where the PGG building collapsed. Cambridge Terrace not yet repaved.

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Trees growing a little untidy whilst repair work is being done on the Town Hall. Photo taken from Colombo, Kilmore street intersection.

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Opposite the former Johnson’s shop site, steel fame “bones” go up on a new construction…

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But some spaces just look like a summery of loss, the signs if their former lives literally etched into the earth.

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Sightseers would come and see the damage before buildings were demolished (We too are guilty). Mostly what they see now though are empty spaces.

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