Wednesday 8th May, 2013

Great day in Christchurch today – sunny and warm. We like that.

We had a wander down to the recently restored New Regent Street which is the first in the central city to have infrastructure repairs fully completed. Built in 1932 to provide jobs during the great recession, it is significant as the only commercial street in New Zealand to have been designed as a coherent whole and is one of the best examples of Californian-Spanish Mission-style architecture in the country. Latterly it had a Mexican restaurant at one end but originally, its terraced shops was the location of the Colosseum, erected in 1888 which was first an ice skating rink, then a boot factory, taxi rank and finally, in 1908, Christchurch’s first picture theatre. This is from the original promotion material:New Regent Street 1932 Promotion
This is how it looks today:CHC New Regent St 1

The ugly block at the end is a semi-demolished earthquake-wrecked bank:CHC BNZ at Top of New Regent St
At the bank end of New Regent Street is a display of posters designed by local kids where they can show their feelings about the Christchurch rebuild programme. If Ngaire is the little one in red I’m not sure if she’s that impressed:CHC Ngaire's View of the Rebuild
Out tonight with chums who are migrating to Mount Maunganui in the North Island, so we’ll try a nearby Chinese restaurant but it won’t be this one:SoonFatt

Despite their rather popular specialty:Spicy Grandma
I think I’ll just have a bear omelette:Sleeping rice bear under omlette
Gruntle

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