“Gerry Brownlee retains power in Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill” The Press (Online Article)

"Gerry Brownlee retains power in Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill" The Press

"(Megan Woods M.P.) She said the new legislation appeared to transfer all of Cera's demolition powers, including the controversial section 38 which allowed Cera to order the demolition of a building without needing a resource consent.

Many heritage advocates in the region felt the power had been used to make it easier for property owners to get rid of heritage buildings."


“Catholic cathedral restoration going ahead” The Press Online Article

"Catholic cathedral restoration going ahead" The Press Online:

"A $45-million revamp of Christchurch's quake-damage Catholic cathedral has been given the green light to start before the end of the year. ..."

“Christchurch residents reject Cera’s Victoria Square revamp” The Press Online Article (8th) June 2015)

Christchurch residents reject Cera's Victoria Square revamp
"Christchurch residents have railed against a proposed $7 million redevelopment of Victoria Square, saying it only requires repairing and cosmetic changes. ..."

Victoria Square: No Need For Change Media Release (5th June 2015) Re Release Of Community Participation Feedback Summary

“The Feedback Summary findings reinforces the wishes of Christchurch Residents who have written letters, appeared on talkback radio, attended Public Meetings, sent emails and in countless private conversations have clearly stated to CCDU and to Minister Nicky Wagner - “Victoria Square, there is no need for change. Leave it alone.”

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

Victoria Square Public Forum At Knox Church


Chris Lynch took this image of the vote at the Victoria Square Public Forum. (Source Chris Lynch's Facebook page: LynchinNZ)

"At tonight's public meeting we called for a show of hands on keeping Victoria Square as is. What lovely passionate Cantabs. It was an honour to MC this meeting on behalf of the Chch Civic Trust & Historic Places Canterbury."

Chris Lynch took this image and posted it on his Facebook page:

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Victoria Square Public Forum At Knox Church: Media Coverage

Morning Report (RNZ National) coverage:

Public say no to Victoria Square redesign ( 3′ 10″ )
Hundreds of Cantabrians gathered in Christchurch last night to deliver the Government a strong message - leave the city's Victoria Square alone.

"Morning Report"  reporting that 300 people attended the Victoria Square Public Forum.

“Historic buildings threatened by demolition” The Press Online Article (27.01.2015)

"Historic buildings threatened by demolition
Owners seek to destroy two historic buildings":
The Press reports that CERA considering separate Sections 38s for the demolition of the Architect Cecil Woods designed listed (former) The Public Trust and Bishopscourt.