Hagley Oval is a cricket ground in Hagley Park, in the middle of Christchurch city. The new Hadlee Pavilion was a great place to hold a conference. If you watched any of the Cricket world Cup earlier in the year you would have seen this pavilion in use.
|before dinner drinks|
I also had time for a bit of a look around the central city. Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake in February 2011. 185 people died in that earthquake, and since that time, many buildings have been demolished because they don't meet the building code now. Other buildings are being saved, but need earthquake strengthening, and as a result, the central city is very bare.
Here's some of what I saw:
|The view from my Rendezvous Hotel room - it's so flat, and so empty|
|Gloucester Street - no shortage of parking in the city|
|The Christchurch Cathedral - all fenced off and very dangerous|
|The Cathedral - photos taken through the fence|
|The Arts Centre - all closed off for repairs|
|repairs at the Arts Centre|
|awaiting demolition - I saw a number of buildings like this in the central city|
|the Avon River|