Posts Tagged ‘Christchurch earthquake’

Groundbreaking post-earthquake Marian College opens

Monday, February 12th, 2024
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Bishop Michael Gielen has opened Christchurch’s new $50 million Marian College, a groundbreaking development in educational architecture. What distinguishes the College is that it is ingeniously nestled under the expanse of an existing giant warehouse roof on Lydia Street. “Most people are quite surprised. You can’t see much from the outside because of the warehouse Read more

Christchurch’s new Catholic Cathedral precinct on shaky ground

Monday, March 13th, 2023
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The future of Christchurch’s Catholic Cathedral precinct is suddenly looking shaky. The ground shifted when the City Council revised its CBD roading plans. Developers – those putting up millions and encouraging growth – don’t want one-way streets near their sites. Not when they were supposed to be two-way streets. One of the many projects caught Read more

Cathedral heritage campaigners give up legal fight

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Heritage campaigners have given up their legal battle to prevent the demolition of Christchurch’s Catholic cathedral and say their only hope is to shame the local bishop into saving the historic building. Restore Our Catholic Cathedral (ROCC) spokeswoman  Dame Anna Crighton said they had given up their legal battle after receiving legal advice from barrister Read more

Demolition work starts on Christchurch Catholic cathedral

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Demolition of the earthquake-damaged Catholic cathedral in Christchurch has begun, but heritage campaigners still hope to save it. The $1.8 million demolition project is expected to take a year and started this week with three workers salvaging two stone angels from the front of the historic building. Catholic Bishop Paul Martin said he was sad Read more

Church buys former Copthorne Hotel site in Christchurch

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited (MCK) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch have announced that they have reached an agreement for the sale of MCK’s land at 776 Colombo Street, Christchurch, the site of the former Copthorne Hotel Christchurch Central. The terms of the sale are confidential to the parties and settlement Read more

Application made to disinter Bishops buried in Cathedral

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch will be applying to disinter three bishops who are buried in the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Grimes, Bishop Edward Joyce, Bishop John Cunneen, are buried under the floor of a side chapel of the cathedral. Grimes, the first bishop of Christchurch, was the driving force behind the Read more

Public get closest look at ChristChurch Cathedral since earthquakes

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

People with a passion for the Christ Church Cathedral got to go beyond the fences today, the closest the public has been allowed since the earthquakes. Plans are still being drafted for the rebuild of the cathedral, but today’s visit attracted those who worked inside its walls for decades. Read more

ChristChurch Cathedral to light up for the month of August

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The ChristChurch Cathedral will be lit up in August to remind people the reinstatement project is still alive. There are several different designs that will run every night from 6-10pm, finishing at the end of August. Read more

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral: money not tagged for restoration

Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

Christchurch Catholic diocese’s general manager Andy Doherty said no donations have been made for the specific purpose of restoring the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. $200,000 left to the church in a will had no specific provision for restoration of the basilica. The donated total of $350,000 would be used for the planned new cathedral, he said. In Read more

Cathedral demolition: Accept the decision and move on

Monday, August 5th, 2019

People fighting to preserve heritage buildings are questioning the decision announced by the  Bishop of Christchurch to demolish the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. But Christchurch Regeneration Minister, Megan Woods says the city needs to accept the church’s decision and move on. Woods said she had many fond memories of the cathedral having gone to school next Read more