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From Heritage, to Glass and Girders? Notes on Invercargill’s Downtown Renewal Scheme

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February 3, 2019

This story is about urban renewal in downtown Invercargill, and the question of whether the pursuit of underground carparks is leading to heritage demolition. It follows on from an earlier post called '46 South going on 47', where I talk about the New Zealand city of Invercargill's civic heritage in wider terms. It's worth reading that post first!

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February 1, 2019

46 South going on 47: Invercargill and Bluff

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January 24, 2019

Sounding out Dunedin

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January 16, 2019

Dunedin and the Taieri Gorge Railway

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January 8, 2019

No Doubts about Doubtful Sound

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January 6, 2019

Very Viking Shetlands

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January 1, 2019

Xmas in New Zealand

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A Maverick Australian Way

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A Maverick Asian Way

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A Maverick Pacific Way

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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