Protest unlikely to save memorial hall

Last updated 08:45 09/07/2014
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Dean Kozanic

HEARTFELT PLEA: Protesters say the memorial hall is sacred.

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An impassioned plea for the future of a building dedicated to 71 former Christchurch Technical College students who died in World War 1 is unlikely to change its fate.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority issued a section 38 demolition order last week for the memorial hall in Moorhouse Ave.

A small number of people protested against that decision outside the building yesterday.

"It is a disgrace that the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) authorities would consider the desecration of the sacred status of its war memorial in the name of progress," the deputy chairman of Historic Places Canterbury, Ross Gray, said.

The demolition would make way for a new Engineering and Architectural Studies building.

The hall suffered earthquake damage and has not been occupied since September 2011, the CPIT said.

Memorial brass plaques would be removed and donated to the RSA.

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