The former BNZ in Kaiapoi is now vertical, having been on a lean since the September 2010 quake. Well done to the new owner, John Shivas, for rescuing this Category 1 heritage building. Canterbury has lost a lot of its heritage, so it’s great to have this one survive.
The building is now being strengthened.
The latest on the work going on in Southbrook Road, including some likely dates for future completions, can be found at:
The photo above is not the new supermarket! – but it is a familiar sight.
The following is a media release from ECan and CERA. Note the change to the Blue Line route.
Media Release – 21 May 2015
New opening date for Bus Interchange
Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange will open to the public, and services will begin operating from it, on Monday 25 May.
The $53 million facility was originally meant to become operational on May 18, and although construction was on schedule, a software issue meant the system was not reliable enough for the facility to open. This issue is now resolved.
“We have really appreciated people’s understanding and patience while we have worked through this issue,” says Christchurch Central Development Unit Acting Director Baden Ewart.
“I think those who use this facility will be impressed. It also means that the existing Central Station across the road can close, and work on the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct can proceed in that area.”
The Bus Interchange will open in two stages. Initially half of the 16 bus bays will be operational while construction continues in the second stage area. This second stage, including the remainder of the bus bays, some of the passenger lounge area, some retail areas and a bicycle lock-up area, will open this Winter.
The city’s bus network is operated by Environment Canterbury. Chief Executive Bill Bayfield believes customers will enjoy getting into the new building just in time for Winter.
“Our customers have been amazing over the past three years, using the temporary Central Station and just getting on with it,” he says.
“The new Bus Interchange, while still a work in progress, gets everyone under cover for Winter. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone there on Monday morning.”
The opening of the Bus Interchange means that inner city bus routes will change. Buses are now designated to use Manchester Street, and so routes will change across the central city.
While all CBD bus routes are affected, those with the biggest changes are the Blue Line, the 17, 28 and 29. Customers using these routes are advised to check route maps at metroinfo.co.nz.
For further information contact the CERA Media Team on (03) 354 2627 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A stunning exhibition of (mostly!) landscapes from local artist Kris Waldin is currently showing at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora library. Mounted as loose canvases, I like the way the light seems to come out of the middle of the landscapes. This is her first solo exhibition and it is showing until 28 May.
Kaiapoi Toy Library Now Operating from a New Location – The Kaiapoi Toy Library has successfully moved from its previous location at Baker Park to the building behind the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre previously occupied by the Kaiapoi Temporary Library. The Kaiapoi Toy Library and North Canterbury Swim Club have a co share lease arrangement of the building.
Post-earthquake they needed to move from the former Memorial Building (where the new Trousselot skatepark and playground now are), first to Wylie Park and then Baker Park.
The following link is from the blog of Freddy Declerck, a very good friend of New Zealand, and it records some of the events about the time of this year’s ANZAC Day.
The municipality of Zonnebeke includes the Polygon Wood and Buttes New British cemeteries which commemorate New Zealanders and Australians who died in this area near Ypres (Ieper) during World War I.
Freddy Declerck is a former Belgian naval officer and the recently-retired director of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum in Zonnebeke, which features a section on New Zealand. He is, as you would expect, extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand’s involvement and is a wonderful guide.
Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the Municipality of Zonnebeke, the area of which includes the site of the Battle of Passchendaele and other battles at about that time.
A new commercial building is arising on the corner of Williams and Charles Streets where the Post Office once was. A corner clock tower is incorporated in the design, a nod to past history. The Post Office originally had a clock tower but this was removed in the 1930s as a safety measure following the Napier earthquake.
Check out @COMPASSFM104_9’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/COMPASSFM104_9/status/575604158524358656?s=09
The Rangiora Town Hall is about to reopen. The hopeless pre-earthquake backstage and foyer facilities are no more and the building has been strengthened to over 67% of New Building Standard. There are now two boutique movie theatres and a performance space that will often be used for movies. The latter will seat 150, although for movies it will be 93.
The auditorium is the same size as before but has been refurbished.
Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/569228675423412224?s=09
All are welcome to the opening of the bridge on Saturday morning. The event starts at 11.00am.
World War I Horses Remembered at the Birch Hill Cemetery
Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/566810542170324993?s=09
At one of the periodic public meetings called by the Pegasus Residents Association tonight, plenty of questions were asked of Todd Properties Ltd and Waimakariri District Council staff.
Strong themes included swale maintenance, Pegasus Lake, the commercial centre, traffic speed and street trees.
From my point of view, it was a very useful meeting. Not all of the town is in Council hands yet but progressively this is coming to pass.
Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/563191290326573057?s=09
Fanfare, by renowned sculptor Neil Dawson, was originally hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a feature of the 2005 New Year Celebrations. It has now been gifted to Christchurch by the City of Sydney and Scape Public Art are raising funds to install it at Chaney’s Corner. It will be an amazing sight – as we in North Canterbury come off the Waimakariri Bridge, it will be right there – it will also be prominent as we drive on the Main North Road from the old bridge.
look on it as a symbol of Canterbury’s revival from the trauma of the last four years.
You can find out more at http://scapebiennial.org.nz/Bring-Fanfare-Home