Heritage shake-up: fears of mass destruction

By Rebecca Macfie In Current Affairs

Print Share
The rational thing for Henk Tabak to have done after he bought his 126-year-old triple-brick building in Christchurch’s working-class suburb of Woolston was to knock it down and build something new. Over its life, the corner building had been home to a general store, coal merchant and cobbler, but when he bought it in 2004, it was in a state of neglect. The restoration job was completed in 2006. Unlike hundreds of old brick buildings around Christchurch, it has stood solid through the earthquakes and survived the subsequent frenzy of demolition throughout the city. But his former insurer has abandoned the NZ market, and for the past year he hasn’t been able to get earthquake insurance for the building at any price. ...

Get full access to Listener.co.nz

Subscribers can read the full version of this story.

You can subscribe and get full online access for as little as $5 per week.

Enjoy the high-quality, in-depth journalism of the Listener magazine with convenient online access. This includes access to thousands of archived articles and up-to-date TV and entertainment listings.

Our great content is available online even before it hits the shelves, and includes more focus on breaking news. With our responsive design you get a great reader experience whether you read from your home computer, tablet, or even smartphone.

Already a subscriber? Just to read full version of this story.

Already an existing print subscriber? As part of your magazine subscription you are entitled to receive full access to the New Zealand Listener Online content. Click here for instructions on how to redeem your digital access.

Or you can subscribe now to get unlimited access to listener.co.nz.

More by Rebecca Macfie

Switch to our mobile site