Posts Tagged ‘Heritage Churches’

Demolition approved for Christchurch Catholic cathedral

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Land Information New Zealand (Linz) has given the go-ahead for the demolition of Christchurch’s Catholic cathedral. A spokesman for the Catholic diocese said demolition work would begin in about two weeks. Workers are currently clearing fallen rubble from the back of the cathedral in preparation for demolition. Read more  

Cathedral heritage campaigners give up legal fight

Monday, September 7th, 2020
given up their legal battle

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

Temuka Catholic church granted $25,000 to restore 137-year-old stained-glass windows

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A 141-year-old Temuka church has been granted $25,000 to restore 31 stained-glass windows donated by its original parishioners. The restoration of the 137-year-old windows is part of a more than $2 million project to upgrade and earthquake-strengthen St Joseph’s Catholic Church that was built with limestone taken from Opihi River in 1879 and damaged in Read more

Blessing starts $16.5 million Sacred Heart Cathedral project

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
cathedral project

Catholic Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew will bless construction workers, and the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in a ceremony at 10 am on Friday to mark the start of the cathedral project restoring and strengthening the Category I historic building. The classical-style cathedral in Hill St, Thorndon – designed by Dunedin Read more

Wellington cathedral to receive $8.5 million funding

Monday, July 27th, 2020
$8.5 million funding

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington is to receive $8.5 million in Government funding from the “shovel ready” infrastructure fund. The cathedral in Hill St, Thorndon, has been closed since 2018, and the money will go towards restoring and earthquake strengthening the building. The $8.5 funding will create almost 300 construction jobs. The  Read more

City Councillor says church itself not at risk

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett says St Gerard’s Church itself is not at risk, but some “tough calls” might have to be made about the future of other earthquake-prone buildings that are part of the St Gerard’s Monastery. Pannett holds the Council’s heritage building resilience portfolio. She said a special grant was one option the Read more

St Gerard’s – strengthening costs not a “headache”

Monday, July 13th, 2020
St Gerard's

The International Catholic Programme of Evangelisation (IPCE) owns Wellington’s St Gerard’s monastery and church buildings. The buildings are rated at 25 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS), anything under 34 per cent is considered earthquake-prone. IPCE have until 2027 to complete the strengthening. They have just $42,000 sitting in a fund to get Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral gets grant from City Council

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and of Saint Mary His Mother in Hill Street, Thorndon, Wellington, popularly known as The Basilica has received a grant of $120,000 to assist in its $3.3 million strengthening project. The grant is a “one-off” ‘out of round’ contribution from the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund. Read more

Saint Gerard’s opens its doors for heritage week

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

St Gerard’s Church and Monastery is at once a landmark, a childhood memory, and a workplace, housing up to 50 Catholic missionaries at a time. The buildings are hard to miss; the image is scored into road barriers and postcards around Wellington, and their bulk is plainly visible on the Roseneath hill overlooking Oriental Bay. Read more