Posts Tagged ‘earthquake prone buildings’

CHCH Diocese sells damaged church to developers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch in New Zealand has sold a damaged church in Templeton to developers. St Brendan’s church is likely to be demolished and the diocese will use the proceeds from the sale to to upgrade facilities elsewhere. The original stained glass windows and door hinges will be used in an extension to Read more

Erskine College’s long, sad road to decay

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The former Catholic girls’ school, Erskine College, in Island Bay is listed as a Category One historic place by the Historic Places Trust, declaring it has “special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value”. There is graffiti on the gothic stonework, windows and doors. There’s graffiti in places that would have involved a Read more

St Mary of the Angels church no closer to raising $9.5 million

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Wellington’s iconic St Mary of the Angels church in Boulcott St is no closer to raising $9.5 million for earthquake proofing despite assistance last week from Wellington City Council. An amendment to the council’s budget, proposed at last week’s council meeting by Iona Pannett, was passed, giving 133 historic buildings five years of rates remissions. Read more

Changes needed in Earthquake prone building Bill says Archbishop Dew

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The proposed legislation for managing earthquake prone buildings fails to provide a financial framework to support the owners of buildings that play a key role in defining the kind of communities that make New Zealand such a great place to live, says the Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, John Dew. The Archdiocese of Wellington has Read more

9.3 million needed to strengthen St Mary of the Angels

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Strengthening St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington, New Zealand is going to cost about $9.35 million. The parish priest of St Mary of the Angels, Fr Barry  Scannell said that at present it met between 15 and 20 per cent of the new building standard and would need significant work on its Read more

St Mary of the Angels grateful for Presbyterians’ invitation

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church parishioners will be able to attend a Sunday Mass at St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church while their church undergoes earthquake strengthening work during the next 18 months. The two churches have a long history of supporting each other during tough times. ”We feel this is a practical way we Read more

Turn Wellington’s St Gerard’s into apartments or hotel

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

St Gerard’s Monastery, on a hill overlooking Oriental Parade, is unquestionably one of Wellington’s landmark buildings. It is also an earthquake risk. Rex Nicholls, a Wellington property developer and husband of a former Mayor has, by way of a letter to the editor, offered the church some free advice on how to fund the earthquake strengthening Read more

New Zealand Churches holding up well in earthquakes

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The Anglican news service reports church buildings in Wellington and Nelson show no significant damage from the earthquakes that are continuing across the centre of the country. However, parishes are being asked to ensure buildings are safe and to check them again if there are further earthquakes. The Archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses, the Read more

Westport’s 37-year-old St Canice’s Church a quake risk

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Parishioners of a Westport church will continue to attend mass there, despite learning the building is high earthquake risk. An initial evaluation assessment found the 37-year-old St Canice’s Catholic Church was only 18 per cent compliant with the New Building Standards, said Father Raymond Soriano. This gave it a grade E rating, the lowest possible, Read more

St Mary of the Angels parishioners not fazed by yellow sticker

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington is one of about 470 buildings in the city that have been declared earthquake prone, which means they rate at less than 34 per cent compliance with the building code. The City Council has given the parish a 2027 deadline to carry out strengthening work. The Read more