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Little Lyttleton church is going home…

Lyttelton Harbour, viewed from Mt Cavendish, P...

Lyttelton Harbour, viewed from Mt Cavendish, Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Little wooden church going home

‘This is like a new beginning for us’



Lyttelton on a sunny day

Lyttelton on a sunny day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St Saviour’s at Trinity

NEW BEGINNINGS: An artist’s impression of the relocated and restored St Saviour’s at Trinity in Lyttelton

A little wooden church built in Lyttelton 130 years ago is about to head on its final journey, right back home.

The St Saviour’s Chapel was moved from the port township to the Cathedral Grammar School in 1976, and would have stayed had it not been severely damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.

Deemed too expensive to repair, it was written off by insurers and the school paid out.

However, rather than demolish a historic Anglican church, school headmaster Paul Kennedy asked Bishop Victoria Matthews if they could instead donate it to someone willing to restore it.

She “quite rightly agreed it will go back to Lyttelton”, Kennedy said.

It will be placed on the site of Lyttelton’s now-demolished Holy Trinity Church, which was Canterbury’s oldest stone church, in Winchester St – less than a kilometre from its original site on the corner of Brittan Tce and Simeon Quay.

Preparation for the relocation starts this week, with the move expected to take six to eight weeks.

Restoration plans are still awaiting signoff from the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch church property trustees.

However, Holy Trinity Church vicar Neil Struthers hopes to raise funds and have the project completed by Christmas next year.

Struthers said it needed to raise about $785,000, with the total project estimated to be $2.38 million.

“My pragmatic side says it’s a waste of money but my emotional side [says] I’m delighted we’re getting something historic back that has once been part of our community and will be again,” he said.

“It’s just wonderful. This is like a new beginning for us.”

Once complete, the church will be called St Saviour’s at Trinity.

Kennedy said a new chapel would be built at the school as part of a campus-wide redevelopment.


-Acknowledgements:  © Fairfax

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A Hutt Valley no to a Wellington super-city on the debt factor alone…

Looking into the Hutt Valley in New Zealand.

Looking into the Hutt Valley in New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A photo of Wellington taken from the lookout p...

A photo of Wellington taken from the lookout point at Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A photo of Wellington taken from the lookout point at Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zea
It is becoming increasingly obvious that folk in the Hutt Valley are not interested in becoming part of a Wellington Super-city.  And here is an extra reason why they would  want a super-city like a hole in the head.

The Hutt and Wellington would take on significantly more debt if the region was combined as a super-city: Looking ahead the prospects are expected to be even more dire for ratepayers. Over the next decade Wellington City borrowing is expected to increase by 42% and  the regional council’s would double.  However, Hutt City Council debt is expected to decline by 18%.
So on this factor alone, there would be no interest at all. The Wairarapa is expected to go it alone as well, creating a United Wairarapa Council. So it is beginning to look more likely a United Hutt Valley Council is the preferred option. A good idea in my book!
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Its 60 years to the day since Sir Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of the world and knocked the bastard (Everest) off…

English: Tenzing and Hillary. Photo from the c...

English: Tenzing and Hillary. Photo from the collection of John Henderson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Celebrations are underway in Nepal to mark the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.

Four days of ceremonies, dubbed the Everest Diamond Jubilee, conclude on Wednesday night with a gala at the former royal palace in the capital Kathmandu in honour of the first successful climbers, New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in London after the 1953 expedition.

Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in London after the 1953 expedition.


The British expedition in 1953 changed mountaineering forever and turned Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay into household names and heroes in many parts of the world.

“Hillary and Tenzing were rock stars of the 1950s and into the 1960s,” Sir Edmund’s son Peter told AFP.

“The biggest thing about 1953 is that they were going into the unknown. People didn’t know what was up there, they didn’t know whether or not you could remain conscious, they didn’t know whether they could climb that final summit knife-edged ridge and get up what is now called the Hillary Steps.”

A host of famous mountaineering figures will be at the gala on Wednesday night, including Everest legend Reinhold Messner of Italy, as well as Kancha Sherpa, the last remaining member of the 1953 expedition.

Mr Kancha, who is 81, remembers the expedition as an arduous but ultimately joyous affair, although he regrets that the glory is not more equally shared among the team.

“Everyone knew Tenzing and Hillary climbed Everest, but nobody knows how hard we worked along the way.

“One thousand two hundred coolies (porters) were gathered together at Bhaktapur near Kathmandu … Everyone walked from there because there weren’t any roads, no motor vehicles, no planes. It took us 16 days to reach Namche,” which today is the start of the Everest route.

“Then, it was very difficult because there were no ladders. It feels like a dream now. But we struggled a lot. I was frightened when I came across Khumbu Icefall. That was the first big barrier.”

Peter Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s son Jamling, both now mountaineers, will join the Queen at a an event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday.

Mr Hillary, like many others in the mountaineering community is now concerned about the commercialisation of Everest which is more popular than ever, but is also increasingly overcrowded and filthy.

This season alone 540 people reached the summit, including an octogenarian, the first female amputee, the first women from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and the first armless man.

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The 60th Anniversary of Sir Ed Hillary’s ascent to the top of the world and knocking the b—–d Everest off…

English: Tenzing Norgay with Edmund Hillary. D...

English: Tenzing Norgay with Edmund Hillary. Deutsch: Am 29. Mai 1953 gelang Tenzing Norgay zusammen mit Edmund Hillary die Erstbesteigung des Mount Everest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), New Zealand mounta...

Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), New Zealand mountaineer and explorer (erroneously affixed rosette by President Kwaśniewski! {full distinction or rosette, miniature}) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



When 33-year-old Sir Edmund Hillary reached the top of the world in 1953, he became a legend.

It was 60 years ago today that he announced to that he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had successfully climbed Mt Everest.

Sarah Hillary’s godmother, Alison Frye, describes what it was like for family to hear the remarkable news.

“We were absolutely gobsmacked really,” she says. “My mother quickly rustled up a double batch of scones… and we all got bundled into the car and to the Edmund family residence”.

“The enthusiasm of the crowd when they arrived back… you had to be in with it to experience it”.

Watch the video to see the Ms Frye’s full interview with 3 News reporter Adam Hollingworth. 

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Who let the dogs out – a polar blast hits the south of NZ which has rapidly moved up the country…


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Food, clothes and more to be given to poor and vulnerable children – the National Government created the need in the first place



Breakfast for hungry Kiwi children…

The National Party government in New Zealand is responsible for the situation that the children of the poor and needy find themselves in today. John Key and his cabinet know they had to do what the country was demanding –  feed the kids so they can learn!  We are not fooled by this act of political expediency!





The Government is today announcing a scheme that’ll not only see needy kids getting breakfast at school but will see some of them getting clothes, healthcare and hygiene products.

The food for vulnerable children will see the KickStart breakfast programme expanded with both Fonterra and Sanitarium partnering the Government to supply food to all schools that need it, five days a week.

The Government’s agreed to contribute half the cost of the expansion, costing taxpayers $9.5 million over the next five years.

Another $1.5 million will be spent on helping KidsCan to provide more clothes, health and hygiene to disadvantaged children.

Photo: stock.xchng


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The state of the polls – National and Labour in the same ballpark halfway through the government’s term…

Polls show National and Labour in same ballpark…




The movements are different, but the two latest TV political polls have National and Labour in roughly the same ballpark when it comes to voter support.

TV One’s Colmar Brunton has National up six points since April to 49 per cent while Labour’s down three to 33 per cent.

For TV3, its Reid Research poll has National down by over two points to just over 47 per cent.

It has Labour up almost three points to 33.1 per cent.

The main point of difference between the two polls is the Greens.

Colmar Brunton has the party down significantly to nine percent, having lost four points.

Reid Research has them up half a point on 12 per cent.

Colmar Brunton has New Zealand First is on four per cent while Mana, the Maori Party, and United Future are all on one.

On current numbers, Government aligned parties have 51 per cent support and those in opposition have 47.

The Conservatives have polled two per cent.

Photo: Edward Swift

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NZ and the South African War 1899-1902 – First overseas conflict…

English: Boer guerrillas during the Second Boe...

English: Boer guerrillas during the Second Boer War Français : Guérilla de Boers pendant la Deuxième Guerre des Boers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Zealand and the South African War – First overseas conflict…

A tight corner, a New Zealander painting, circa 1900
The South African War (or Second Anglo-Boer War) was the first overseas conflict to involve New Zealand troops. Fought between the British Empire and the Boer South African Republic (Transvaal) and its Orange Free State ally, it was the culmination of longstanding tensions in southern Africa.

Eager to display New Zealand’s commitment to the British Empire, Premier Richard Seddon offered to send troops two weeks before conflict broke out. Hundreds of men applied to serve, and by the time war began in October 1899, the First Contingent was already preparing to depart for South Africa. Within a few months they would be fighting the Boers.

By the time peace was concluded two and a half years later, ten contingents of volunteers totalling over 6500 men (plus 8000 horses) had sailed for Africa, along with doctors, nurses, veterinary surgeons and a small number of school teachers. Seventy-one New Zealanders were killed in action or died of wounds, with another 159 dying in accidents or as result of disease.

The South African war set the pattern for New Zealand’s later involvement in the two world wars. Specially raised units, consisting mainly of volunteers, were despatched overseas to serve with forces from elsewhere in the British Empire. The success enjoyed by these troops fostered the idea that New Zealanders were naturally good soldiers, who required minimum training to perform well.

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Was this a spirit, an angel or coincidence – my old black cat and number five…


Was this a spirit, an angel or coincidence – my old black cat and number five…

My lucky old black cat. My ghost, spirit, angel or coincidence? The paranormal? Who really knows…Many years ago during my youth I lived for a short time in Hamilton, in the North Island of New Zealand.

I lived in a boarding house and one summer’s evening I decided to walk down to the local shopping centre (in the days preceding shopping malls in my country) to look around and buy a snack for supper.

I walked down the street engrossed in thought,probably thinking of home in the South Island, and suddenly there was a flash of movement in the corner of my eye – an adult black cat jumped off the stone wall I was passing,rubbed itself against my leg and purred softly!

I reached down, spoke to the cat and stroked its back softly. It purred again, and as quickly as it appeared, leapt up onto the stone wall and disappeared! I looked for it again, but there was no sight of it.

I continued down the street to the shops; outside one there was a numbered raffle wheel. I bought a ticket in a prize for a box of miscellaneous goods, worth quite a few dollars. I took my usual number five, my lucky number in raffles. The raffler spun the wheel… and up came number five… the winner!

I collected my winning prize and did some window shopping, bought a soft drink ( a soda in American )and began walking home. As I passed the stone wall I saw the black cat standing silently looking at me; he suddenly jumped and disappeared again!

But a feeling came over me,something I have never been able to explain. I know, also, that if the cat had not delayed me for that moment or two, I would never have bought that winning raffle ticket? My little ghost, spirit, angel or…just a coincidence? Who knows? History suggests black cats are unlucky, but not for me!

Read about Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat

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The two Hutt Valley cities to launch their own public consultation with three options…


Wellington city cable-car
Ewen Bridge in Lower Hutt
Re Wellington Supercity proposal:  On Tuesday, the two Hutt Valley councils will launch their own public consultation on three options for local government reform: a united Hutt Valley council, a super-city for the entire region, or the status quo.
Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy said the 20-day time limit would not be a problem, as a decision on where the Hutt councils stood would be made shortly after consultation closed on June 14.
“We’re efficient, you see. That’s why the Hutt Valley will lead the way.”
Hutt Valley residents will make their own decision, as always
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