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Heritage feeling set to be retained
By CATE BROUGHTON
NEW AND OLD:
An example of
linking High St
with Blake St car
Boffa Miskel for
BACK IN 2010 retaining High St
character was felt to be a key pri-
ority in the Waimakariri District
Council's plan for Rangiora town
Almost all submitters on the
town centre strategy supported
this, saying the character of High
St made Rangiora unique.
Two years, two earthquakes
and a few demolitions later, coun-
cillors last year voted to revise the
district plan to make sure the
unique features of High St were
protected -- and applied to a wider
section of the town.
The earthquakes and subse-
quent demolitions have under-
scored the importance of holding
on to character features, council's
senior policy analyst Heike Lulay
Their importance has really
come to light with the number of
heritage and character buildings
that we are losing.''
The changes to the district plan
will also set the framework for
any new developments, she said.
Height restrictions were
reduced from 15 metres to 12m, to
ensure new buildings were sym-
pathetic to remaining heritage
buildings, which are generally
The district plan changes were
designed to ensure new buildings
sympathise with, rather than rep-
licate, heritage features, she said.
We want to ensure that what
we get back doesn't replicate lost
character buildings, because we
wouldn't replicate heritage build-
ings, but sympathises and is in
keeping with the character of the
remainder of the town.''
Property consultant Julian
Twiss said it was possible to keep
the character feel of High St with-
out having to keep old dangerous
It's just creating the ambience
-- you can't expect people to build
in brick and masonry any more.''
Losing heritage buildings was
difficult, but the experience of the
quakes had made people re-
It's sad but after what we have
been through a lot of us have got
a different take on buildings. We
want character but don't want it
to kill us.''
Developers would use different
materials but would be able to cre-
ate structures that fitted in with
people's expectations, he said.
We are going to see a lot more
glass, stainless steel and light-
weight materials that are more
economic but safer too.''
Mr Twiss said developers
wanted to create something
appealing that they could be
proud of, but also need to make a
Teens voice their opinion
on how to spruce up town
By LUCIA NEWELL
YOUTH PERSPECTIVE: Rangiora teens share their ideas on the future of
the town. Pictured are Hannah Price, 16, and Sam Cassidy, 15, from
Rangiora High School.
RANGIORA HIGH students are
sharing their ideas about new
developments in their home
With the changes in the Ran-
giora centre post-earthquakes,
local teenagers have a range of
opinions about what they would
like to see. While students such
as Stacey Sampson, aged 17,
and his friends wanted theme
parks and giant waterfalls, oth-
ers wanted a town which would
stick to its country roots.
We need to keep it small
town style, not big and busy like
Christchurch. Keep its rustic
and quaint touch with nice shel-
tered seating arrangements and
art sculptures using materials
from the earthquake,'' Hannah
Price, 16, said.
Ryan Ball liked the idea of a
memorial for the Christchurch
The students would like more
shops and restaurants and
places to have fun. Stacey would
like a movie theatre.
A Hoyts would be cool; it
would save us travelling into
town now that the Rangiora
movie theatre has closed.''
His friends also agreed that a
youth spot would be great.
A place for teenagers to hang
out and have fun, with games
Farmers department store is a
popular choice among many,
while Hannah would like more
youth-targeted shops like Glas-
sons and Hallensteins.
We don't want to have to
travel into Christchurch to buy
Lidia Van Kruiningen
believes Rangiora has a lot of
potential for new development.
With new car parks, a better
layout and a few new shops,
Rangiora will look good and
have a great atmosphere, a
place where everyone will enjoy
Sam Cassidy believed the
Rangiora town centre was lack-
Shops are being placed wher-
ever there is spare space which
is making the town look scat-
tered and unorganised.
There needs to be a central
spot, as at the moment walking
around is difficult and awk-
Lucia Newell is a student at
Rangiora High School.
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