Events In History

Pauline Parker

While attending Christchurch Girls' High School, Pauline Parker met Juliet Hulme and formed the friendship that was to radically change the course of both their lives. In 1954, the pair were convicted of murder in a sensational case.

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Paul Pascoe

Paul Pascoe is considered a pioneer of modernist architecture due to the large scale of buildings he designed in the style for his home town of Christchurch and further afield.

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Election Days

The Beatles in New Zealand

Regional rugby

A company sponsored by the Church of England founded the planned settlement of Christchurch in 1850. Its picturesque Gothic-revival architecture and early demographic composition earned Christchurch a reputation as the most English of New Zealand’s cities. A series of significant earthquakes over 2010-12 caused the deaths of 185 people in Christchurch, and a third of the central city’s buildings are expected to be demolished as a result of the quake.

Meaning of place name
The name was chosen on 27 March 1848 at the first meeting of the Canterbury Association on the suggestion of J.R. Godley, whose college at Oxford, England, was Christ Church.

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