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BE THE FUTURE OF FASHION
Be a Fashion Designer
Includes business studies skills
DIPLOMA OF FASHION DESIGN
• You will enjoy a small class size, and a supportive learning environment, low student/tutor ratio
• All tutors are industry trained professionals and actively involved in working in the industry
• Large range of course components -- covers many facets of the fashion design industry
(construction, patternmaking, design, history, millinery, drawing, textiles, fabric printing, PAD,
digital, business studies, internships)
• Culminates in a fashion and visual show -- you'll have great exposure and an opportunity to
parade your talent in front of key industry contacts
• Students closely connected with tutors, tutors very accessible, continual on-going contact
throughout course, students get good value for money
Contact Carmen today for more information:
Ph: 03 974 1727 or 021 365 505
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.dac.ac.nz
61 Cambridge Terrace, Level 2, Christchurch
HURRY! ENROL NOW! FINAL FEW WEEKS OF ENROLMENT!
BEFORE: High St was once a busy street filled with people and funky shops.
BUTCHER: Knight's Butchery on High St. PHOTO: Alexander Turnbull Library.
CAT AND MOUSE: Lace Bathhouse and massage parlour on High St.
High St memories
restored as app
By ABBIE NAPIER
THE CHARRED and battered
remains of the once bustling High
Street precinct are being immor-
talised in a new app going above
and beyond to deliver a
smorgasbord of history.
The app is still in its infant
stages and is not expected to be
completed until June, but huge
amounts of information and
images are already being com-
The project is the brainchild of
the New Zealand Historic Places
Trust, assisted by the University
of Canterbury CEISMIC project
and the HITLab app development
Before the earthquakes, High St
was the lively centre of a busy cen-
tral city in Christchurch.
The shops were trendy, the
cafes chic, and the store fronts
were pleasingly ancient.
Once crumbling facades and
vintage brickwork, the stores have
been reduced to rubble in many
places, others have been the vic-
tims of arson.
Historic Places Trust area co-
ordinator Zoe Roland said the
project was one of a kind.
Once complete, the app will use
Augmented Reality to treat users
to a peek behind the curtain.
Augmented Reality allows users
to point their smartphone or iPad
at a building on High St and listen
to recorded stories and see over-
laid 3D models on-screen.
She has spent months inter-
viewing people about High St and
gathering historical photos and
anecdotes to complete the app
Portobello Antiques owner
Deric Blackler told her High
Street was always full of activity.
He recalled the time a Korean
film crew decided to film motor-
cycle stunts in the street without
police or security support.
He just got onto a motorcycle
and waited for the red light,'' he
The stunt man was filming a
sequence involving an exploding
Jaguar. He hit the front of the
Jag, catapulted over it and he's
lying on the road. I ran inside to
call an ambulance.
The siren is coming, then he
jumps up and everyone cheers.''
Mr Blackler was wondering if
that was it, when the crew poured
10 litres of petrol into the car, and
tried to move people back.
Explosion. Fire ball. Looked
Stencil Fashion Store used to be
Knights Butchery at 172 High St.
Stencil's James Scott said the
place was set up for death''.
The old meat hooks and pulley
systems were still there, and huge
meat coolers were rented out.
There was the smell of death in
bad rap before it became a
thoroughfare for Poplar Lane.
He recalled leaving work in the
mid-2000s and encountering pro-
stitutes on High St and at one
time there was some obvious drug
A New Zealand Prostitute Col-
lective spokesperson said the
precinct used to house about 11
massage parlours prior to the
Prostitution Reform Act in 2003.
Police raids were frequent and
working ladies played verbal cat
and mouse'' when describing
available services to clients.
Dr Cliff Mason, heritage advo-
cate (and fanatic) once spent
hours on top of the beautiful Wil-
tshire Building threatening to
throw himself off it, in an effort to
draw attention to its plight.
Dr Mason was eventually
All these stories and more will
be preserved in the app for tour-
ists and locals alike.
See www.historic.org.nz for app
progress and launch dates.
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