Hearts for Christchucrh

00:42, Aug 20 2011
Rose Petterson (top)and Cerys Dallaway from Te Papa sort through thousands of stitch-craft hearts as part of preparations for the Hearts for Christchurch exhibition to be displayed at Canterbury Museum when it reopens in September.

More than 4000 stitch-craft hearts have been sent from around the world to Canterbury Museum as it prepares to reopen early next month.

The museum was closed after the February 22 earthquake, with some cosmetic damage inside the building having to be repaired.

Museum director Anthony Wright said earthquake-strengthening to the building in the early 1990s meant it came through the September and February earthquakes in good condition.

The collections also came through the quakes with minimal damage, thanks to good display and storage practices, he said.

Many old favourites would still be on display when the museum reopened, including Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House, the Christchurch Street, and Ivan Mauger's Triple Crown Special gold speedway bike.

"We are incredibly fortunate that the building has proved to be so resilient," Wright said.


Museum communications manager Karin Stahel said the reopening date was subject to a final sign-off from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and Christchurch City Council, but it was hoped the museum could reopen on September 2.

A special programme of events was planned for the reopening, including an exhibition featuring 4000 stitch-craft hearts from around the world.

The Hearts for Christchurch project was started by Napier woman Evie Harris, who said she began creating and gathering the hearts after February's earthquake and "the visions of destruction in Christchurch broke my heart".

The project quickly grew through word-of-mouth, with hearts arriving from all over New Zealand and the world.

The Press