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The Star: March 23, 2017

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10 Thursday March 23 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News Questions over emergency services precinct delay • By Bridget Rutherford THOSE OVERSEEING the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct are refusing to say whether the company contracted to build it is having to make penalty payments for the delay. Fletcher Construction has pushed the $300 million project’s hand-over date to the Ministry of Justice back from March 31 to later this year. It would now hand over the justice building by June 30 and the emergency services building by July 14. Both Fletcher and the ministry cite commercial sensitivity over the project as the reason for refusing to comment on whether penalty payments are being made for the late delivery. Neither would say what the reason for the delays were. It comes after the anchor project was partly blamed for Fletcher’s profit downgrade of up to $150 million, unveiled on Monday. A ministry spokesman said after the hand-over, the buildings’ tenants would begin the fit-out of their new spaces. $9k moving cost no bull • By Bridget Rutherford THE CHAPMAN’S Homer sculpture – a symbol of Christchurch’s post-earthquake strength – has cost nearly $10,000 to move to seven spots around the city. The 1.8 tonne bronze bull on a grand piano sculpture, by New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai, first arrived in 2012. It was well loved, which in 2013, prompted the Christchurch Art Gallery to begin a public fundraising campaign to buy it for more than $1 million. Gallery director Jenny Harper said to move the sculpture seven times since it arrived, had cost $9688. It had its own crates, but the gallery hired either a loader crane or forklift to move it into place, which could cost up to $185 an hour, she said. “It takes four gallery technicians between two and five hours to install Chapman’s Homer at each new site.” The sculpture first sat on an empty Madras St site for 30 days. City council figures show the cost of placing it there was $2323. It was then moved to the POPULAR: Michael Parekowhai’s Chapman’s Homer sculpture has cost $9688 to move around the city. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Arts Centre, costing $1656. Two months later it was placed outside the city council building for $1789. After two months there, it moved to PlaceMakers Riccarton for three months, costing $600, before New Regent St at a cost of $1475. It stayed there for four months before heading to Christchurch International Airport. That move cost $934. When the art gallery reopened in late 2015, Chapman’s Homer was shown in its NZI Foyer before being placed at its current spot outside the gallery in September. The final move was the cheapest, at $606. Ms Harper said Chapman’s Homer would remain at its current location for the long term. But it was not necessarily permanent because its collection was available to other galleries on a cost-recovery basis, she said. She said every time it was moved, the gallery needed to advise its insurer and get formal permission from the land owner. Chapman’s Homer was first exhibited in Venice, where Mr Parekowhai represented New Zealand at the 2011 Venice Biennale. It was then shown at the musée de quai Branly in Paris. It came to Christchurch in the wake of the February 2011 earthquake and the city fell in love with it prompting the Back the Bull PledgeMe fundraising campaign. Ms Harper said because of the “commercially sensitive” nature of the purchase contract, the gallery could not disclose the exact price paid – but it was over $1 million. She said the city council’s public art advisory group put $300,000 into it, and $206,500 was raised through the PledgeMe campaign. Westpac and the gallery’s foundation matched the PledgeMe figure raised, she said. Have your say! It is that time of year when all the councils, including Environment Canterbury, will be asking the community for feedback on the annual plan for the coming financial year (2017/18). You should see information from your local council about how to give feedback on planned activity close to home - and you are invited by Environment Canterbury to give feedback on activity proposed across the region outlined in our draft Annual Plan. We work closely with your local council on many projects but we do cover different activity so it is important to engage in both processes if you want to have a say. 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