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Inspiring Book of Cherished Memories

We have been bombarded with earthquake books.  Most are well-produced and graphically illustrate our seismic disaster.  But depressing.  In Paper Plus I found something more enlightening: .  This is a magnificent impression of Christchurch as we will prefer to remember the city.  Compiled by Denis Robinson, artists include Austen Deans, Nancy Tichborne, Sue Spigel and… Read More

Quakes Exhibition

Check out the Canterbury Quakes exhibition at Canterbury Museum (until October 1.)  Relics from the earthquakes include the fallen (slightly dented) statue of John Robert Godley, founder of Christchurch, a Cathedral bell, the ball from Lyttelton’s famous Timeball, and Mayor Bob Parker’s distinctive orange jacket and quirky T-shirt.  The exhibition is an opportunity to find… Read More

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

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

Changing Times ….

As with most Cantabrians, the Welcome Aboard team is displaying remarkable resilience amidst adversity.  Key attractions – the Heritage Trams, Port Hills Gondola, and Punting on the Avon all took a hit. Of these, only Punting on the Avon has resumed.  But the Gondola is scheduled to re-open by the end of the year and Trams… Read More