Changing South

Changing South: Christchurch’s Town Hall reopens

The first video in a series Newsroom is running about life in the South Island looks at the reopening of the Christchurch Town Hall

As the Christchurch Town Hall underwent a $167 million refurbishment, the building’s original architects would pop in to look over the works.

Maurice Mahoney made his last site visit just weeks before his death in October last year.

Now, Sir Miles Warren, aged 90, has returned to see inside the completed auditorium - for four decades a venue regarded worldwide as the birthplace of modern-day music hall acoustics.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel is excited at the prospect of cutting the ribbon on a national treasure, which central Government wanted to demolish and Christchurch’s City Council voted to keep.

This summer, Newsroom is featuring the work of renowned Christchurch documentary-maker Gerard Smyth.

In this series, called ‘Changing South’, Smyth looks at life in the South Island – the people, the places and how events like the Christchurch earthquake have had a lasting impact. The first film in this series is about the reopening of the Christchurch’s Town Hall.  

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