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Unfurling of the Fronds

Citycare Property was proud to be part of the team responsible for restoring and installing the ANZAC fronds in Christchurch to their new site on the intersection of Anzac Drive and New Brighton Road.

The fronds were originally installed on the light poles of Anzac Bridge in 2000 but following the 2010-11 earthquakes they were removed, due to safety concerns, and have since been in storage.

Waitai Coastal-Burwood Community Board Chair Kelly Barber says the fronds – made of pre-weathered steel – hold a special place in the hearts of local residents.

“We are really pleased to have these unique pieces of art back on display in our community. Their return represents another positive step in the recovery of our eastern community.”

The investigation, repair, redesign and installation of the fronds was funded by the Community Board and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency with the work completed by Citycare Property.

“The team worked closely with Christchurch City Council staff members and architectural designer Shaun Hung to manage the restoration and installation,” said Mike Okey Citycare Property Project Manager.

The new-look fronds have been placed into four free-standing concrete bases which sit on reserve land at the corner of the roundabout.

Their new location connects them with the Poppies over Gallipoli sculpture on the corner of Anzac Drive and Travis Road.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel hosted the official ‘unfurling’ of the fronds in their new location.