Virtual Trip… New Zealand… Christchurch

New Zealand

The people of Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury plain are no strangers to seismic events but at 12.51pm on February 22, 2011, Christchurch was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. It was deadly, killing 185 people and seriously injuring 164 others. It also caused major and lasting damage across the city. Maureen and I had left Christchurch a couple of days before.

https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/Our-Science/Natural-Hazards-and-Risks/Recent-Events/Canterbury-quake/Hidden-fault

February 20th 2011 Christchurch NZ Gothic Revival Cathedral (me kneeling) before the earthquake…

The Christchurch Cathedral was designed by the prolific English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, one of the most successful Gothic Revival exponents of the Victorian Era. Benjamin Mountfort who lived in the church’s spire during its construction also collaborated in the project, and monitored the construction process. The cathedral’s cornerstone was laid in December 1864, while its foundations were completed in 1865.

It took 10 years for Christchurch’s first appointed Anglican bishop, Henry John Chitty Harper, to get the construction under way. Money soon ran out, building resumed in 1873, and was officially concluded after the addition of the chancel and transepts in 1904. The final cost at the time totalled to £65,572… over eight million pounds in 2020.


… and after.

Christchurch Transitional Cathedral
https://reinstate.org.nz/


The building was designed by Japanese born architect Shigeru Ban as a temporary replacement for the city’s ruined Anglican cathedral. With an expected lifespan of around 50 years, it will serve the community until a more permanent cathedral can be constructed.

The building features a triangular profile constructed from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes. These surround a coloured glass window made from tessellating triangles, decorated with images from the original cathedral’s rose window.

The building features a triangular profile constructed from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes. These surround a coloured glass window made from tessellating triangles, decorated with images from the original cathedral’s rose window.

Moeraki boulders located on the Koekohe Beach between Moeraki and Hampden.

The boulders were formed by the cementation of Paleocene (66 to 65 million years ago),mudstone in the Moeraki Formation. The main body of boulders started forming in the marine mud. The larger boulders are estimated to have taken 4 to 5.5 million years to grow, while 10 to 50m of marine mud accumulated on the seafloor above them.

There are currently over 50 boulders on the beach, the largest weighing around 7 tons. Waves continue to erode the mudstone of the area, made up of local bedrock and landslides, which means that embedded boulders are often exposed, resulting in “new” boulders.

We were at Otago about 200 miles further south down the coast and felt the 2011 tremor after visiting the Royal Albatross Centre.

https://albatross.org.nz

Back to north island and the Hundert Wasser Public Toilets in Johnson Park, Kawakaka.

The main tourist attraction in Kawakawa is the colourful public toilet designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser who had a house nearby. In 1998 with the help of the community he transformed the town’s public toilets into a work of art using discarded materials.

Anthem. https://youtu.be/BT9k_7_jP8A

The Hakka. https://youtu.be/LgF8IVPeR48

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