Some, it would appear are.
A Christchurch demolition expert has been shunned by his South Korean community after starring in a mockumentary seemingly produced by the North Korean Government. Engineer Eugene Chang, who narrates the film, is now being accused of being a North Korean sympathiser and spy. The first-time actor has been refused communion at his Korean Catholic church and had to step down from the board of trustees of the Korean school after parents refused to send their children while he was involved. His wife, a teacher at a language school, was accused by students of being a North Korean spook. “I’m now very isolated. I thought I had friends but not one of them showed any support,” Chang, who moved to Christchurch with his wife and two children 12 years ago, said.
Seems from the start Victoria has wanted to pull it down. This will cause a big hoo haa. no idea why, is just a building.
Nearly all of quake-ravaged Christ Church Cathedral will be pulled down, Bishop Victoria Mathews confirmed today.
The central-city icon was badly damaged in last year’s deadly February 22 earthquake and church insiders had earlier said there was little appetite to rebuild or restore it.
However, heritage campaigners had been pushing for a moratorium on any decision surrounding the Anglican cathedral.
Mathews said the Cathedral would be carefully deconstructed down to a level of approximately 2-3 metres in order to meet safety requirements and allow the safe retrieval of taonga and heritage items which could then be stored and protected until decisions about a new Cathedral were made.
“There will be no bulldozers or wrecking balls, on the job,” Mathews said.
One insider said a consensus existed for “a brand-new vision” for it.
Ian Lochhead, chairman of heritage advocate Interests in Conserving the Identity of Christchurch (IConIC), earlier said a moratorium was needed on any decisions about demolition.
“I think having a cooling off period would allow the best engineering and heritage advice available internationally to be brought to bear on the cathedral.”
I moved to Christchurch in the Summer of 1990 for 4 months to play Orsino in a collective production of ‘Twelth Night’. Cue music from ‘Summer of ’42′…..
I was 24 and it was an interesting experience as it was my first time living in a large city outside of the North island. It was indeed, another country. We were using the Mike Alfredz technique/a> to work the show, which was hard and I stunk. I had little understanding of meter in verse and that is kinda important for Shakespeare. So I stunk. But Christchurch didn’t. Sure, I noticed how incredibly white it was, but the people were amazing. We were living on hereford Street in a house that was adjacent to the Arts Center and was 20 feet from the Dux de Lux. The house was ripped down 20 minutes after we left and replaced with flats but, by god we used it well as a base to tear the city apart. The Press Club was in full swing then with the city having two dailies, and as we decided to be paid at the end of every performance we would head there every night and spend til we ran out of dosh. The inhabitants were old school and hard as a whores. They taught me well for when I ended up working at the Shakespeare in Auckland which was the regular watering hole for all the Granny herald journos. Kerryn Walsh nee Brannigan and Matt Chamberlain were the main ‘Let us show you what a great city we have’ peeps. Matt took us to Taylors mistake constantly whenever we could get out of town.