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Poignant Anniversary

As with birthdays no longer cherished by those of us with a Gold Card, the first anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake was going to be one of mixed feelings.  Certainly it was going to be  poignant.  I joined the estimated 20,000 assembled in North Hagley Park for the Memorial Service.   Brilliantly presented,… Read More

Pop-up City

Christchurch might be dubbed the ‘pop-up’ city.  We began with the hugely successful pop-up  shopping mall utilising humble shipping containers.  Although a temporary compromise, it is working so well and I am stunned by the enthusiasm of many working there.  Colin Johnson in his improvised  container grocery continues to do a roaring trade.  The pop-up… Read More

Punting to the theatre

It’s an annual free-to-attend Summertimes event generously supported by the Christchurch City Council.  And true to form, five punts carried cheerful Welcome Aboard staff from the Antigua Boat Sheds to the Anthony Harper open-air theatre stage on the daffodil lawn of Hagley Park.  We were there, with hundreds of others, intent on enjoying ourselves.  We… Read More

Go the Crusaders

 Last week I travelled to Greymouth on KiwiRail’s superb TranzAlpine.  Aboard were the Crusaders rugby team players en-route for a three-day promotional tour of the West Coast and for their pre-season match against the Highlanders on Friday evening (February 3.  The rugby superstars have made a hit assisting with earthquake recovery in Christchurch.)  At Springfield… Read More

Tramway Progress

Saturday February 4 marked the seventeenth anniversary of the opening of the Christchurch Tramway.  To mark the occasion some tramway staff joined Tramway Historical Society members, Christchurch Mayor, Bob Parker, Christchurch Central MP, Nicky Wagner, and other invited guests at Ferrymead Heritage Park for the opening of Tram Barn 3 housing the city trams.  Encouraging,… Read More