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Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

Gala Peace Dinner - Wednesday 18th September

Conference Committee —

The Peace Dinner will be held in the Cardboard Cathedral which is the temporary home for the Anglican diocese in Christchurch.

Following the earthquakes, Shigeru Ban was invited to Christchurch by Rev. Craig Dixon, the cathedral's marketing and development manager, to discuss a temporary cathedral that could also host concerts and civic events. The architect, dubbed the “disaster architect” designed the cathedral free of charge on the basis that it be used by the community for host events as well as serve as a church.

After much deliberation and controversy, it was agreed that the building needed to be constructed with more long lasting materials therefore the cardboard was encased with a more permanent coating and protection surface.

It’s A -frame in style, rising 24 metres and incorporates 86 cardboard tubes of 500 kilograms each atop 6 metres long containers. Once the decision had been made that the building would remain it was constructed as a permanent structure.

The building opened to the public on 6 August 2013. It was the first significant building opened as part of Christchurch's rebuild.

The Cardboard Cathedral is considered to be among the top 20 most important sites to visit by Trip Advisor and has a steady stream of visitors 7 days a week.

Interior Stained Glass Window Transitional Cathedral

Our keynote speaker at the Peace Gala Dinner is Dr. Roberta ( Robbie) Francis

Dr Robbie Francis — Image by: MindFood

Named after her own prosthetic leg which she calls "Lucy", Robbie Francis set up the The Lucy Foundation as a way to help improve the lives of people living with disabilities through coffee farming in Mexico. Set in Pluma Hildago a high altitude region in Oaxaca, where a rare and threatened heirloom variety of coffee known as Pluma only grows, Robbie works with coffee farmers and their families, through an organic, sustainable and disability inclusive business model.

This is a great opportunity to make new connections with new and old friends in Rotary as well as hear from some inspirational speakers during the evening. Spaces are limited so act now.  Cost is $ 75.00 NZ per person with cash bar (menu below, as we are keeping costs down there is no dessert). 


ENTREE: A grazing board consisting of salami, basil pesto, house smoked salmon, feta whip, roasted nuts, crisp bread bark, ciabatta (This caters for all dietary needs).

MAIN: This is an alternate drop of Roast Rump Canterbury Lamb with wilted greens and pea puree finished with Madeira jus ( GF ) and  Sundried Tomato & Mozarella stuffed chicken breast served with buttered pappardelle pasta w grilled asparagus & charred red capsicum finished with a sundried tomato salsa.

Dinner Menu — Image by: Conference Committee

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