Archive for the ‘Christchurch Earthquakes’ Category

…As a cricket fan (and occasional geriatric player for the New Zealand Rotary team) I’m sorry to say that, in terms of suitability, commercial short format games at Hagley Oval are just not cricket…


Life Cycle

06Apr13

…The Christchurch ReBuild is a great opportunity for better public transport, walking tracks and off road cycle ways-funded from rates not a Mickey Mouse levy…


With a Canadian bishop, a Japanese architect, and a Scandinavian looking structure the proposed temporary but relocatable edifice will be cosmopolitan, if not quite ecumenical, though it will also provide a venue for concerts, exhibitions, civic and community events. The Ban design, with help from Warren and Mahoney, is a too much for some people, not enough for others…


Last week was the 25th anniversary of the passing of New Zealand’s nuclear free laws. The year before Labour Prime Minister David Lange had argued eloquently that nuclear weapons were “morally indefensible” at the 1986 Oxford Union Debate. His famous retort to an interjector “ I can smell the uranium” (on his breath) has had a long half life-see video*…..


… The temporary pop up container mall inside City Mall is a result of the great work …the Inner City Business Association in the Re:Start the Heart initiative* that opened on time for last November’s Show Week….With the influx of construction workers, sex workers, pushed out to the inner suburbs to the consternation of remaining residents, are teetering unsteadily back to the inner-city as the cordon contracts in what could be described as a Re:Tart the Heart initiative….


It’s enough to make Haydn Rawstron choke on his Chardonnay and John Robert Godley spin on his plinth and fall off flat on the ground. He already has? I quite forgot. But at least he wouldn’t lose his head in a seismic crisis, would he? The Bishop of Christchurch might, though. The tumbril is being greased and the knitting needles have been clacking pointedly since she announced on Friday that the quake fractured Christ Church Cathedral will be pulled down…


The broken Christ Church Cathedral is not so High Church after its spire toppled in February 22 quake. At least the proposed temporary substitute won’t be in a brown paper bag. It will be the full Monty Python if proponents have their way. The proposal for a temporary 10 year-“cardboard cathedral”, designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, was unveiled in August…