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Those pictures are telling porkies. The viewer might be left with the impression that sunshine occurs in summer in Christchurch. :x


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:44 am 
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Those pictures are telling porkies. The viewer might be left with the impression that sunshine occurs in summer in Christchurch. :x


It does occur. Unfortunately this year the delivery man failed to come and collect winter and deliver spring and summer in it's place. So I've been reduced to taking pictures during brief windows of opportunity. The banks peninsula ones were back at labour weekend.

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All repaired. Only took 8 years...

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Construction is underway for this.

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Spark has recently announced it's new office will be called "Spark Square". They have also rendered some stunning visuals of Spark Square. These are aerial views showing the rooftop restaurant. A great addition to Cathedral Square!


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Brilliant stuff there, FOG.


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Cheers mate. :thumbup:


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This place is for sale, I was browsing TradeMe the other day looking at businesses.

I've been here for two weeks and seen two sunny days :lol: :thumbup: The city is looking much, much better now... there are still empty lots around but it's back to feeling like a city and not a demolition zone. Toured the library today, that's impressive.


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We've cancelled summer this year mate. Part of my cunning plan not to have to water my lawn. Plus, having everything green is a pleasant change. :)


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Great pics FOG!

I've just returned from a week in Nelson and Blenheim and must say we have had a few more summer days since Christmas now. Town is certainly buzzing at this time of year. The opening of the library, more bars and restaurants the EntX theatre and lime scooters have been great.


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Thanks.

There us certainly a lot more life in the city now. Parts of it are starting to feel "normal " again. :)


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Nice seeing all these placing I'm now getting to know thanks FOG. Had a lovely drive on Sat from Little Rock across to Port Levy with a walkabout up on the ridge checking out the tracks to Mt. Herbert. Will get up there as soon as the family get back from their holidays. Might even get a couple of pics up myself... (not with my photography skills)


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I was up that way last week for a bit of a hike.

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Looks like things are taking shape nicely. :thumbup:


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Not pics but for interest's sake I thought I'd post this article outlining the rapid expansion of development out to the southwest, through Halswell. I know this area relatively well, Mum's place was on Sparks Rd near the Henderson Rd intersection so I've seen a bit of this unfold as I dropped in and out. The Wigram development is a shining monument to little boxes, made of ticky tacky x( ...

allowing developers to set covenants on design and conformity is a nightmare.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/ ... -you-think


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:41 pm 
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The amount of development has been nuts. There is no greenbelt between Christchurch and Halswell anymore. And much of it has followed the modern trends of larger houses taking up most of the land they are built on with little or no space left for lawns or gardens.


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The way forward for large cities (and they're all getting larger) is higher density housing... I don't have a problem with that idea, it's the execution that sucks. That and street after street of near identical houses and NZ appears to have a fixation with this idea... that developers can exact demanding aesthetic requirements on builders so the entire street frontage has repeating features, such as stone faux chimneys FFS...

that and as you say FOG, minimal sections with maximum houses on them. I think the way to go with this is decent quality apartment blocks with dwellings suitable for long term family living as opposed to short term rentals and a return to the terrace style of housing with longer, narrow blocks with front and rear garden spaces... that or open garden/recreation space behind every house. Mental health needs open space and room to exercise. Wigram looks like a breeding ground for all manner of mental disease.


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It's ok, those young enough to need space to exercise can't afford to buy there. Or if can and they have kids, they wouldn't be able to get them away from their screens long enough to go outside anyway. ;)

But yes, we seem to be adverse to proper apartment complexes with shared green spaces, opting more often for the bastardized version of the quarter acre dream.


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Some action on the Cathedral! Steel bracing being removed.

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Last weeks storm arriving. Temperature dropped from around 33°C to 20 in not much time at all.

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Chiwahwah Mexican Bar on the Terrace is officially open. Not sure if there are still more to come in that development.

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Last weeks storm arriving. Temperature dropped from around 33°C to 20 in not much time at all.

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:D See what I mean about those bloody awful Wigram houses.


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:D See what I mean about those bloody awful Wigram houses.


They look horrible.


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Chiwahwah Mexican Bar on the Terrace is officially open. Not sure if there are still more to come in that development.]


On the original plan there are at least 6 more bars and restaurants to go in. Most of those will go in the lane to the right of Amazonita and the lane behind the terrace facing the soon to be built car park. There is also a 1st floor space left next to AMA terrace and craft embassy.

If you walk around it all you will see plenty of leaseable sites


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:D See what I mean about those bloody awful Wigram houses.


Yep, I thought of you when I was making the post and almost mentioned them. :)


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Chiwahwah Mexican Bar on the Terrace is officially open. Not sure if there are still more to come in that development.]


On the original plan there are at least 6 more bars and restaurants to go in. Most of those will go in the lane to the right of Amazonita and the lane behind the terrace facing the soon to be built car park. There is also a 1st floor space left next to AMA terrace and craft embassy.

If you walk around it all you will see plenty of leaseable sites


Cheers, I've seen a few but wasn't sure what the plan was for them. :thumbup:

It's quite a happening spot now. With late night lines outside bars starting to rival the old Strip.


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