The first substantial signs of restoration are being seen in (or arther under) the town hall. Three grout machines that have been specifically imported from Germany are happily regurgitating their concrete under the building as the first major step to strengthening the land which suffered so badly in the earthquakes. The restoration of the Town Hall, which also includes a significant upgrade and refurbishment of the facility, is due to be completed in 2018. Read more on the Press website here
Cool blue bananas and congratulations to George Boerstler who was one of the many people who completed the jigsaw and got the correct phrase! :-)
Mr Boerstler will receive his copy of the 2016 calendar shown here very soon. Look out for the next competition which will be announced in our newsletter.
The inimitable Pipedreams radio programme chaired, presented, and no doubt researched by Michael Barone is presenting this week's programme on that ever-so English tradition of Town Halls. As Michael writes: "…the tradition of grand pipe organs in civic halls seems to have been an English invention, one carried on successfully throughout the Empire and still maintained…and emulated…today."
It is divided into 2 one-hour programmes, and Michael begins the second hour with some tracks from Martin Setchell's Priory CD "Great Australasian Organs VII" recorded on the Christchurch Rieger. The new Klais in Auckland and Dunedin's Norma also appear.
For details and how to listen to Pipedreams, go here:
The good news is that work on the town hall repairs is progressing well, and according to project manager, Patrick Cantillon, workers will install their first jet grout column soon. Whoopppeeee! Anyone know what a jet grout column is? I'll ask Patrick next time I'm talking to him.
For more info and pictures look at the latest newsletter here.
And while you're at it, check out the competition for October, where you can go in the draw to win a lovely organs of the world calendar for 2016.
And the Town Hall WILL be repaired. Great jubilation all round. It was a 13-1 decision by the Christchurch city council this afternoon, and is the culmination of 4 years and nine months reports, investigations, testing, debate, (3 council debates in fact) and much anxiety for those who have loved this space for so many reasons. Compelling emotional reasons aside, the crux of the success of the decision is that it makes perfect financial sense to repair the entire structure.
Check out some of the initial Press report of the decision here
We'll be keeping a good watch on progress of repairs, with happy hearts and huge impatience.
Now to get a good night's sleep.
In a whirl of Tweetings, Facebook postings, emails, phone calls and any other means of communication we are embarked on one last fight: the Christchurch City Council meets this Thursday for once and for all to consider the Deloitte report on the viability of the rebuild/restoration of the Christchurch Town Hall. Martin will be making a submission along with many others to the council on Wednesday (tomorrow) and the public debate and private council meeting will happen on Thursday. If you can, and want to, contact the city councillors with your views; if tweeting, use the hashtag #ilovechchtownhall. It's vital that we show our appreciation of this hall and back the findings of the Deloitte firm in their report. (Unfortunately the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and the Earthquake Commission, the Hon. Gerry Brownlee, didn't think it necessary to read this report before blabbing to the media about how the rebuild should not go ahead; and The Press, even more stupidly, didn't think it was odd to print such comments given they were based on ignorance.
It would also pay to keep in mind the very heartening choice of our Christchurch Town Hall as one of the top 10 halls in the world ; read this article here.
Anyway, we are doing all we can. What follows is the list of councillors you should contact before Thursday :
Mayor Lianne Dalziel
Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck
Councillor Raf Manji:
Councillor Ali Jones:
Councillor Glenn Livingstone:
Councillor Yani Johanson
Councillor Jamie Gough:
Councillor David East:
Councillor Andrew Turner:
Councillor Phil Clearwater:
Councillor Paul Lonsdale:
Councillor Jimmy Chen:
Councillor Pauline Cotter:
Christchurch City Council official twitter and FB account:
Optimism all on for Thursday
Ahead of the decision this Thursday, The Press published this reaction to the report for the Christchurch City Council: Work could start soon on restoring the Christchurch Town Hall.
The report was comprehensive and very positive. You can read it in its entirety if you follow this link and scroll down to the June 11 date. The report is contained in the appendix to the agenda for the Christchurch City Council meeting on Thursday.
Better still, if you live in Christchurch, go to the public debate in the morning, before the council shuffle off to chat things over in private...
Cross all digits, people.
PS: we wouldn't want to have to start again really, would we??!?