For a brief 10 minutes or so Justin Leadbetter managed to do what advocacy, placards and endless public meetings have failed to do in Christchurch. He stood – sat, actually – between the claws of a large orange excavator and the magnificent 136-year-old Cranmer Courts building, and stopped the destruction.

It was a short, polite act of defiance by an architect angry enough about the mincing of the city’s heritage and the squandering of crafted building materials to risk arrest. The police were quickly there, ushering him off the pile of rubble on which he’d perched himself, and sent him off with a warning.


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