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Rebirth of a Birney Tramcar

If you have $400.000 to spend on your next vehicle and are able to provide around 24,000 hours of paid and voluntary labour, then you, too, could be the proud owner of a magnificently restored heritage tramcar. Those stats are basics for the Birney No.15 Tramcar soon to be let loose, splendidly, on the re-opened… Read More

Aussie Natural Disaster

News of devastating bush fires in Australia is an annual event.  This year, fires sweeping Blue Mountains rural regions west of Sydney have claimed one life and 200 or so homes.  Part of the tragedy is that it is another four months to high summer when such natural disasters are typically anticipated. Us Christchurch people… Read More

Worthy Beneficiary

Down at the Tram Barn in FerrymeadHeritagePark last week I spotted a mammoth tramcar restoration project in its initial stages – the Hills car No.24.  The Tramcar was built in 1912, one of 13 trams eventually assigned to the new route up Hackthorne Road to the Sign of the Takahe terminus opened in May that… Read More

Trams Ready

The best part of three years have passed since the Christchurch Tramway was derailed by violent seismic events, principally those of February 22, 2011.  Along with the tramway much of the central city was wantonly trashed, including our much loved Anglican Cathedral that for a little over a century was the city’s proud centrepiece. The… Read More

Riverside Watermark

I went out to get another Spring fix.  This time on Harper Avenue, cherry blossom that, like clockwork, blooms profusely during the second week of September.  These are no ordinary cherry trees.  They are the real thing, Japanese Sakura planted during the 1930s.  Japanese are mystified we do not picnic under the trees and drink… Read More

Christchurch Cardboard Wonder

Traditional or cardboard Anglican Cathedral?  Take your pick. Renowned Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban says his wish is to design buildings people will love.  Without a doubt he has scored a hit with this new exciting place of worship in our city.  The Cathedral opened recently and quickly ticked all the boxes necessary for a church… Read More

Spring Fix

A necessary September assignment is a jaunt to the city for the annual spring fix.  Hagley Park was to the fore with the daffodil woodland in full bloom.  Being a weekday it was frequented by Asian visitors.  A Chinese photographer with English skills asked if he could use my bicycle to photograph two young people. … Read More

Being Prepared

Like proficient Boy Scouts, a team of devotees is ensuring the tramcars will be smart and ready for the Christchurch City Tramway re-opening presently expected during this October.  As well as the Invercargill Birney No.15 making its debut on city tracks, the existing fleet is getting a makeover.  Some work involves a thorough tidy-up.  Other… Read More

Leafy nights switch on

Christchurch Botanic Gardens was transformed into a multi-coloured wonderland on the first of the leafy nights light up.  The event, TV 2 Kids Fest coincides with the Botanic Gardens 150th anniversary.  Flame throwing entertainers greeted those arriving after dark.  A series of innovative tree light-ups and lights forming the shape of a tree hut followed… Read More

150 years on…..

Caterpillar Garden tour guides will tell their riders that the founding of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens is anchored to the planting of the Albert Edward Oak, by Government gardener Enoch Barker, on July 9 1863. The planting commemorated the wedding of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. One hundred and fifty… Read More

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