This is the Avon River which meanders through the city. It’s very shallow, but deep enough for the punting companies to punt on. This scene is taken from Madras street, and the punters don’t come up this far. Right in the middle of the picture you can see the start of some of Christchurch’s high rise buildings.


Girders from the collapsed World Trade Center were gifted to New Zealand and used in this memorial sculpture. The sculpture is by Graham Bennett and was unveiled in 2002, as part of the opening of the Firefighters Reserve located by the Avon River on the corner of Kilmore and Madras Streets.

The memorial is dedicated to all firefighters who have died in the course of duty.


‘Industry’ and ‘Concord’ Terracotta Sculptures

September 10, 2007
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The Industry and Concord figures were built into the alcoves of the old Council Municipal Chambers on the corner Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace. They were created by George Frampton, and were bought by the city council for £20 back in 1882. The two figures represent ‘harmony in the affairs of state and the virtues of utilitarian enterprise’. For more information about the building and its current use (exhibitions) see


I have to admit that I’ve walked past this building probably hundreds if not thousands of times and have never noticed these figures before (they are set quite high on the building). Thankfully this photo blog is opening my eyes to my own city, how great is that!

New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the right to vote with The Electoral Act being passed in 1893. This Christchurch monument depicts life size figures of leading suffragette Kate Sheppard and other important members of the New Zealand suffrage movement. Kate Shepphard organised petitions to New Zealand’s Parliament asking for the right to vote for women and persuaded Sir John Hall, a leading member of Parliament, to support them.



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