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NZ’s biggest deconstruction


Remaining in the 72,000sqm of what once was Lancaster Park lies the last of the rubble, and truck-loads of memories.

 

 

Christchurch City Council’s Project Director Lee Butcher says it was overwhelming to see the public queue at the gates for a glimpse of the icon being striped to its bones and brought to the ground.

A new community sports park has been council-approved, with design and construction commencing towards the end of 2020.

A staggering 65,000 tonnes of concrete from the two main stadiums alone has been removed. “We’re on track for our goal of two percent un-recyclable material, and we’re under our budget of $12 million,” Lee says.

For those who worked on the project, it wasn’t just a job, but one respected for its history and what it meant for the people. “As the biggest deconstruction in New Zealand, none of us have anything like this on our CVs, and likely won’t again!”

The main contractors involved were Aecom for environmental controls support, Ceres removed seats and some memorabilia, Aotea services for services removal and decommissioning management, Taggart for soft strip (building strip-out) and Tui Stand demolition, Clearwater Construction for roof removal works, Daniel Smith Industries and Canterbury Cranes for crane supply and rigging staff, Yakka Contracting for main demolition, GE Construction for fencing and gates, and ATF for security and automatic gates.

“Especially with earthquake-damaged buildings there were no guarantees of how anything was going to go. The huge roof with beams of 48 metres long was taken off separately, required months of planning, lots of signs offs, and removal of countless brackets and bolts.

“It’s quite surreal to come to the finale.”

 

 


 

Passion for the central city: Q&A with Darryll Park


One of the city’s most passionate campaigners, hospitality kingpin Darryll Park is putting his money where his mouth is, moving into the central city where he co-owns Fat Eddie’s, Original Sin and Kong.

 

 

Metropol caught up with Darryll about his vision for the central city and why he’s so passionate about Christchurch.

 

You could live anywhere, but you’ve chosen to invest heavily in Christchurch. What do you love about our slice of southern paradise?
I’m an outdoor person, so I love the space and the ability to enjoy different pursuits within easy reach of Christchurch; the uniqueness of Cantabrians and, in particular, how we come together and support each other during times of adversity; and yes, I’m a ‘Red and Black’ man – through and through.


You are moving into the CBD. What has attracted you to inner city living?
Christchurch provides an opportunity for lifestyle balance that is second-to-none. Moving into the CBD will provide my wife and me a quality of lifestyle where we will be able to connect with a diverse array of art and culture, theatre, live music and an abundance of eating-out options. The central city also offers ample opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors, especially the newly created Avon River Promenade and Hagley Park.


As a central city business owner, what is your vision for the inner city?
Diversity is the key to a full and vibrant inner city in the face of a changing environment following the earthquakes. We need to create a vibrant inner city by firstly ensuring that the cost of living and running business is affordable. We need to create a safe inner city, particularly for our locals and tourists, who are out exploring the city after dark. Providing the right type of residential dwellings in the right locations, which people are prepared to buy, must be a priority. The offerings from the arts, culture, entertainment, shopping and hospitality must be unique to the inner city and either meet or exceed expectations.

 

 

You are standing for Mayor. How does your extensive business experience prepare you for that role?
I have a strong business and governance background, which has brought me into contact with many aspects of the services provided by the Christchurch City Council. I believe the council needs to start thinking and operating like a business with far greater transparency and accountability.


How does an ideal weekend look for the Park family?
My life has been seven day working weeks, with Sunday also involving having to work around our lifestyle property – another reason for moving into town.


What’s your favourite holiday destination – local and overseas and why?
My local favourite is the Marlborough Sounds, water lifestyle. Overseas is the Middle East (where I met my wife), along with Hawaii where we had our honeymoon.


You’re an extremely successful businessman. What are some of your proudest achievements?
Getting married, having a family and seeing my son and daughter grow into two fine young adults, as well as impacting positively on staff and management in my 30 years of business management.

 


 

Making a difference


A greener, greater Christchurch is what Mike Davidson stands for. At 43, the independent Papanui Ward Councillor appreciates Generation X in the political arena. “We understand the older generations, but also appreciate the needs and aspirations of younger people – such as mental health and action on climate change.

 

 

“People talk about the ‘boomers’ or ‘millennials’, but forget about Generation X. Political leaders like Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges and James Shaw are from Gen X and are making a difference.”

Mike has plenty of political DNA. His grandfather marginally missed out in the polls; the same fate befalling his dad. The third-time-lucky-member of the Davidson family would love to retain his role as councillor. He even moved house with his wife Fiona and pets Jess and Mr T when St Albans’ electorate boundaries changed, to remain in the ward he represents.

He believes Christchurch is heading in the right direction, and now children can cycle safely to school. He’s behind a better transport infrastructure to encourage walking and public transport, and advocates for rail and chlorine-free water.

Last year he pushed his physical boundaries in the Coast to Coast, Le Race, and 42km Christchurch Marathon. Mike now eats less dairy and meat and more local organic produce for a healthier body and environment.

He owns an electric car, but mainly bikes everywhere. “It’s great to get out, clear your mind, and get mentally and physically fit.

“We have a great city that puts people and the environment front and centre. The power is with the people to create communities all generations can enjoy.”

 


 

Ivan Iafeta

Ivan Iafeta: The Influencers


Recently, the Christchurch City Council released details of its draft global settlement agreement with the Crown.

Ivan Iafeta
Regenerate Christchurch CEO

Since then, there has been much interest in what the city might get out of the agreement, or be left with, as the Crown and Council advance their objective of increased local leadership and normalised arrangements.

As foreshadowed in June, the agreement also includes Regenerate Christchurch developing and implementing a plan to transition our responsibilities to locally based agencies that will be responsible for delivering long-term regeneration beyond our limited lifespan.

With the Crown and Council’s view that regeneration has become embedded in the everyday work of their agencies, the transition will provide an opportunity for us to strengthen that further to ensure the city is set up to achieve long-term regeneration.

This will happen in parallel with our ongoing work programme which will continue to focus on unlocking impediments to regeneration, which differs from some of the larger-scale, ground-up work we have completed since our establishment in mid-2016.

It is likely this will include utilisation of the powers within the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016, under which we operate. Already, we are assessing a proposal by the Canterbury Cricket Trust to use the Act to make changes to the District Plan to allow more domestic and international cricket matches to be held at Hagley Oval.

This type of work represents the opportunity, while the Act is still in place, to ensure the benefits of the significant private and public investment in our regenerating city are fully maximised.

 

 


 

Walking the talk


Walking the talk and making changes one step at a time is Sara Templeton’s lifestyle for herself and family, the city she loves – and the planet.

 

 

After her role as Hagley Ferrymead Community Board Chairwoman, Sara was voted in as Councillor for the Heathcote Ward in 2016. Her new position was very motivating. “I was now in a job that I can really help make a difference in the wider community,” she says.

“I didn’t like the idea of puffing my way to work on a regular bike, but believed in the cycleways’ potential to cut emissions, so did some research and bought an e-bike. By car it’s 20 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic, but on my bike it’s 24 minutes every day.”

The e-bike gave some base fitness and adding in a little jogging led to her entering the 10km section of the Christchurch Marathon in 2017. Sara went from an overweight middle-aged mum with three to the healthiest she’s been in decades.

This January, Sara sold her own vehicle and now mainly cycles, busses or occasionally uses Yoogo Share – a shared 100 percent electric car fleet. “If we all didn’t use our cars for just one workday each week, it would bring Christchurch’s daily traffic numbers down by 20 percent.”

Taking her coffee KeepCup everywhere, she has only used six takeaway cups since being elected – and they’re drinks others have bought her. The Templeton family haven’t used plastic shopping bags for a decade – only cloth, mainly ones she makes. She uses solid-bar shampoos to omit plastic bottles, eats less meat, and buys organic where possible.

“Transitions are never easy when it comes to social movements and large-scale change,” she says. “For example, the Suffragette movement took three petitions before victory. We tend to over estimate what we can achieve in a year and underestimate what we achieve in a generation.”

Now it’s on to the next personal goal. Sara made a pact to buy no more clothing for a year. “On average, an item of clothing only gets worn seven times. It has made me look into my wardrobe to find a few things I had forgotten about!

“My floral blazer from the Woolston Sallies and my Jane Daniels jacket from Time and Time Again in Sumner still get complements. We’re far more critical of ourselves than others are. No one really cares how often we re-wear something.

People may have noticed her necklace from social enterprise Bead and Proceed. Each coloured wooden bead represents one of 17 United Nations sustainable development goals. Sara chose five that represent what mostly matters to her – good health and wellbeing, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, and peace, justice and strong institutions.

The Coastal Pathway is where Sara recharges. She says the clear space on the wide, well-lit walk is so good for the brain. It’s here, or while cycling, that she now does her thinking, planning, and practising Te Reo.

“It’s the small things we do every day. It’s not all or nothing – it’s just making a change. And we don’t need to be perfect at everything.”

 


 

Basilica: to restore or not to restore? Q&A with Jamie Gough


The future of the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes Street is in question, as the Catholic Diocese confirms it is considering building a new cathedral on an empty site.

 

 

As Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel steps out of discussions citing a conflict of interest, we caught up with Christchurch City Councillor James Gough about the significance of this architectural icon.

 

 


Why is restoration something we should fight for?

We have already lost so much. If at all viable, I support every effort being made to retain significant historic buildings. It would be a rather sad story to tell if our local heritage landscape of the future was nothing more than just tilt slab, glass and K-bracing. The Christchurch Basilica was a stunning building. It was arguably more attractive in an architectural sense than the Anglican Cathedral and certainly one of the finest Renaissance style buildings in the country. Its heritage status is nationally recognised and it will hold special memories for countless people over numerous generations.


How passionate do you think Christchurch is about the preservation of this building?
I think we are fortunate to have passionate people in our community who fight hard for what they believe in but there will be many others who are just ‘battled out’. I would be surprised if the level of push-back, to whatever decision that the Catholic diocese makes, is anywhere near as vehement as to what it was for the Anglican Cathedral in the Square. That divided the community and dragged on for far too long. In the end I was just pleased that a decision was reached so the centre of the city wasn’t being held ransom any longer and we could all move forward. Inaction doesn’t serve anyone.


There’s an election coming up in October – is there a Gough family hat getting thrown in the ring?
There will definitely be a J. Gough name in the mix and that will include seeking re-election for council. Whether that extends to the mayoralty is something that I’m strongly considering but will be determined over the next wee while.


What are some of the critical areas for Christchurch in coming months?
Short term the well-head work needs to be completed so chlorine can be gone from our water as soon as practically possible. Longer term and without question there needs to be a much stronger commercial lens from the council. Some recent decisions have been very poor for business confidence and the central city, which is key to our progress at this critical juncture. The other major focus needs to be on rates. The level of rates increases are completely unsustainable so in my view this needs urgent attention and the spending on pet-projects has to stop.


 

Yoogo

Electric car sharing scheme: Yoogo Share launches in Christchurch

Christchurch is now home to New Zealand’s first fully battery-powered electric car sharing scheme. Developed by Christchurch City Council and run by Yoogo Share, the scheme lets people hire electric vehicles at different points in the city.

Yoogo

Yoogo Share General Manager Kirsten Corson says it is the biggest deployment of electric cars in New Zealand, with Hyundai Ioniq and BMWi3 vehicles now available at several hubs in the city, including Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and Christchurch International Airport.
Further hubs will be added in April, including The Crossing, Ara Institute, the University of Canterbury and the Lyttelton Community Centre. By then there will be 100 battery electric vehicles at 10 or more hubs across the city.
“This is an exciting new transport service powered by electricity that is largely generated from renewable energy,” says CCC Resource Efficiency Manager Kevin Crutchley, who was Project Manager for the scheme. “The result is a service with zero tail pipe emissions that will both reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, which will have positive health benefits for the residents of Christchurch.”
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she is proud that Christchurch is the first city in New Zealand, and one of the few cities internationally, that has such a service.
“It’s a smart and sustainable way for businesses and for local residents to get around town and I’m excited to see the service grow. [It] will deliver improved environmental and health outcomes and help the Council achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”