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Heritage Awards 2012

Restarting the Canterbury Heritage wards with a gala presentation in St Andrew’s Church at Rangi-Ruru Girls’ High School last evening was a positive step for re-emerging Christchurch.  The previous event was in 2010.  Despite so much Canterbury heritage lost to earthquakes, this year’s event attracted double the entries.  Welcome Aboard’s Punting on the Avon got… Read More

Final tram bells for Trevor

I was saddened to hear of the death of a true Christchurch Trammie, Trevor Craib.  He was with the city tramway almost from its beginning in 1995.  I always enjoyed working with him.  His chatty commentary consistently created a convivial atmosphere.  He learned how to greet visitors in their own languages – even some obscure… Read More

Finding Cockayne

For a little quiet contemplation, the Cockayne Memorial Garden adjacent to the New Zealand section within the Christchurch Botanic Gardens takes a bit of beating.  Leonard Cockayne is frequently described as New Zealand’s greatest botanist and founder of modern science in New Zealand.  He realised the importance of studying plants in their natural environment, thus… Read More