Christchurchiana: 2015 in pictures

Looking back now at 2015 – here’s some photos of what we did and saw this year.

January

A New Year sojourn in Bishopdale, with walks around Harewood and Papanui. Beautiful long summer nights., watching True Detective.

This classic Bishopdale sign.
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The cemetery at Papanui, right by Harewood Road.

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Kite Day.
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February

A wedding, birthdays, and a fabulous whanau time.
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Hooray for the second Street Art Festival – this on Allen Street is one of my favourites.
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March

Armageddon.

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Te Matatini.
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The Commons.

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Sofles street art.

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Spectrum Street Art exhibition.

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April

Edible book competition.
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Demolition of the Chancery Arcade.
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Field of Remembrance, Cranmer Square.
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Ronnie van Hout.
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Record  Store Day.
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Bad Evil and Percussion Girl at Galaxy Records.
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Bus Interchange.
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Crane and sky, the Christchurch staple.
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May

Sunrise reflected in The Press building.
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Hereford Street art.
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NZ Music Month launch.
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David Walliams and crowd – WORD Christchurch.

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June

Flags in Cathedral Square.

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Matariki at the Botanic Gardens.
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The Police Station.
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New Brighton market shop.

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July

The Press Night of D’Light for KidsFest. It was cold. It was muddy. And thoroughly spectacular! The Christchurch Botanic Gardens aglow with inventiveness and light.

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Saturday 11 July was superfrozen. Even the neighbour’s water feature froze solid.

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Lego Brick Show.

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Charles Upham statue.
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Loved this web on High Street.

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August

There was snow.
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The Bounce event in Cathedral Square was good fun, followed by a boogie on the dance-o-mat.

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A sunrise to swoon for, by the Bus Interchange.
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In town, in the dark.

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September

The Arboria Luminarium. It came to town for the Christchurch Arts Festival.
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High Street: The Art of Recovery.IMG_9574

Manchester Street carpark building demolition.
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High /Tuam – behind McKenzie and Willis.
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Durham Street newbies.
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Busting moves
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In bloom

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Magnoliaaaaaa!
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The smelly flower in Cuningham House.
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Foggy morning in Christchurch town.
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October

Mckenzie Willis facade.
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Fun Palaces
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Stay by Antony Gormley.
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Heritage Day dancer.
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On the beach.
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November

A visit to Wellington for the LIANZA Conference.
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View from the top of the Cable car.
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Wellington assemblages.
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The opening of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.
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December

Flox’s urban forest in the new Spectrum Street Art Festival exhibition at the YMCA.

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Christchurch Art Gallery reopens. Here’s the joyous Pip and Pop New New world – made of sugar.
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Margaret Mahy Playground. It has been our holiday hangout.

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New Brighton Santa Parade

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Ngaio’s desk, Ngaio Marsh house.
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Arohanui, and best wishes for 2016. XXX

Art and Play: 2015 in pictures: December

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Have yourself a James Joycey little Christmas.

Street art

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Sydenham street art.
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Mark Catley street art.
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New Spectrum Street art big wall.
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The new Spectrum Street Art Festival exhibition at the YMCA.

Around town
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Party at the Bus Interchange.
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Armagh Street.
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A happy time as the Christchurch Art Gallery reopens. Here’s the joyous Pip and Pop New New world – made of sugar.
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Margaret Mahy Playground opens. Is huge, and hugely popular.

New Brighton Santa Parade

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Ngaio Marsh House

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I was lucky to get a tour of this gem in Cashmere. A delight.

Wellingtonia: 2015 in pictures: November

A visit to Wellington for the LIANZA Conference.
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Palaces of fun: 2015 in pictures: October

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Slow mo

Wednesday 25 November. Bus to town and get off across the road from the Manchester Street carpark, not that it is there except for rubble. I walk down Gloucester Street, and down New Regent Street.

Probably stop to admire this.

Buy some white chocolate and macadamia cookies at Mrs Higgins. Walk down Armagh, then onto Colombo by the Town Hall. Then, as usual, scoot down Colombo to the corner of Bealey and Colombo Street.

I like to keep left and cross from Pepperberry to the 24 hour surgery on the corner. It feels slightly less exposed, though I usually look over my right shoulder as the traffic behind me has a green light when I go across Bealey Avenue.

I have my headphones on, and cross alongside another pedestrian. We are about halfway across when there is a ruckus. I turn right and see a large vehicle, maybe a 4WD rocketing through the air, dragging a large piece of metal with it, and wires behind.  I feel it whistle past. Smashing sounds, and people screaming. The air is full of dirt as the vehicle has ripped up part of the verge, and it seems the metal is part of a traffic light. The car hits into the eastbound traffic stopped at the lights.

The other pedestrian and I duck down and grab each other, then scuttle off the road together, back to the corner of Bealey and Colombo outside Pepperberry. We are stunned, occasionally hugging each other, aware of people coming from all directions, and a phalanx forming on someone on the other side of the road from us. We don’t know if it is someone from the vehicle, or a pedestrian who took the parallel route to us.

People are quasi-traffic controllers, standing on each roadway into the accident.  From the 24 hour surgery, medical staff come running out with a gurney.  I ring my partner. My legs shake shake shake.

A journalist asks questions, on his way to an appointment.

I exchange name and numbers with my pedestrian comrade.

Lyn G bikes past and walks me home. I talk to the police on my way past. I think I am holding something of his, sunglasses? but he just wants his official police pen back.

I am home, hugs, more hugs, tweets, thoughtfulnesses from others, a rosé  with a kind friend. Worry worry for the person in the road, and anyone else in that mad place. What even happened?

Smelly flowers: 2015 in pictures: September

The Arboria Luminarium

It came to town for the Christchurch Arts Festival.
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Sign o’ the times

It’s all about dat flag, dat flag.
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Manchester Street carpark building demolition.
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High /Tuam – behind McKenzie and Willis.
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Durham Street newbies.
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Busting moves
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Manchester Street

Mike Hewson’s art still gets me.
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In bloom

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Magnoliaaaaaa!
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The smelly flower in Cuningham House.
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That sky

Sunset.
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Foggy morning in Christchurch town.
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