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CANTERBURY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

CANTERBURY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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BACKGROUND

With a vision to build a "Better Britain," 19th century colonial settlers to New Zealand constructed government buildings reminiscent of those in London, combining the English Gothic Revival style with local flourishes. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Disaster-response efforts have understandably focused on the thousands of displaced Christchurch residents whose homes were severely damaged, as well as the rebuilding of critical infrastructure. Emergency stabilization efforts have been launched at the Canterbury Provincial Government Buildings, along with protection measures and deconstruction of damaged areas. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The significance of the Canterbury Provincial Government Buildings was formally recognized as early as 1928, when through public pressure they were protected under the Canterbury Provincial Vesting Act, to be maintained as a memorial of the foundation of the Province of Canterbury. This was the first time that the New Zealand Government had passed legislation to protect an historic building. (...)

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