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Southern View: January 09, 2018

Southern View: January 09,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 Locally Owned Run to support Jonty Enter the Star Media City2Surf to help Jonty Gray and other children like him fight cancer Page 5-6 Page 9 Summer favourite Check out this simple steak and mushroom pie recipe Book online via our website OPEN 7 DAYS Ph: 343 3661 | 4 Yaldhurst Rd Risingholme repair work to begin this month WORK WILL begin this month on rebuilding the historic Risingholme homestead in Opawa. The 153-year-old building which was home to a community centre in Cholmondeley Ave was damaged in the September 4, 2010, and February 22, 2011, earthquakes forcing it to be closed. Risingholme then sustained further damage in an arson attack in June, 2016. The fire came a year after the community centre staff Richie Moyle told the Southern View they were concerned the building was a “sitting duck” for vandals and feared it would be burnt to the ground. When the arson attack happened, the city council was preparing to seek tenders for the building’s repair. The fire ripped through the roof and top storey of the heritage-listed building and caused so much damage part of the upstairs had to be deconstructed. HISTORIC: Risingholme Community Centre before it was hit by an arson attack in 2016. (Above right) – The building covered in plastic wrap to prevent further damage. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​ The building was wrapped to protect it and prevent further damage from occurring while engineers and heritage experts worked to develop a plan for restoring it. “Right from the start the goal has been to get Risingholme back to the way it was but we’ve had to work through a number of issues, including the fire, and obtain building and resource consents before work on site could begin,’’ city council heritage rebuild programme manager Richie Moyle said. “Those consents have all now been obtained and the contractors, Cook Brothers, are ready to begin work later this month. They’re going to be rebuilding the top storey and strengthening and repairing the remainder of the building to bring it up to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard.” Mr Moyle said as much of the heritage fabric of the original building as possible would be reinstated. “The project is probably going to take most of the year to complete but when it is done Risingholme will be back to its former glory.’’ The Risingholme Hall and Craft Workshops, which date back to the 1940s and 1950s are also going to be refurbished and strengthened. Work on those buildings is expected to begin in February and take about nine months. The Risingholme Community Centre was originally built in 1864 as a private residence by William and Mary Reeves, the parents of noted politician William Pember Reeves. After the death of Mr Reeves in 1891 the house had several private owners until 1943 when it was bought by philanthropist Sir John McKenzie, who gifted it to the city council for the “health, amusement and instruction of the public.’’ COOL SUMMER AIR CONDITIONER OFFER! e3 TM Fujitsu 6kW Heat Pump $2,699 FULLY INSTALLED FULLY INSTALLED* MODEL: ASTG18KMCB Accredited installers 10yr workmanship guarantee 6 yr warranty Call for a FREE Home consultation & quotation today! Ph 377 0034 15/114 Sawyers Arms Road email: *Conditions apply. Installed back-to-back, up to three metre pipe run & electrical supply within 6 metres. Pack a it ’ s Picnic, Island Time! 0800 436 574 Discover walking tracks, native birds, penguins, the swimming beach and shipwrecks, all on the island that’s only 15 minutes from Christchurch! Start Exploring Otamahua/Quail Island today! DEPARTS: LYTTELTON QUAIL ISLAND Oct – Apr 10.20am 3.30pm Dec – Feb 10.20am & 12.20pm 12.30pm & 3.30pm FARE: adult $30 child $15 return CRUISES LYTTELTON & AKAROA