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Old Council Chamber Site (Now Square Edge)

Old Council Chamber Site (Now Square Edge)

On this site, in the southern corner of The Square, beside All Saints Church, the Colonial Bank built at impressive and handsome brick edifice after a fire in 1891 swept through this part of town. That building was purchased by the Council in 1900 for the Public Library but in 1905 the Library was exiled to the corner opposite the Post Office and the Council itself moved in. The 1944 the building was demolished and this photograph (taken from in front of All Saints), looks back past the vacant lot towards the Evening Standard headquarters (1937 remodelled 1975-1976) and shows the site before the new building, now Square Edge, was erected.

 
Interior of Garners Building, Broadway Avenue

Interior of Garners Building, Broadway Avenue

Garners began in The Square, Palmerston North 7 February 1906 with a small drapery business. Three years later Miss M M Garner & Miss H M Garner went into business with her brother Henry they became “Garner and Garner'. In 1930 Keith Garner joined the firm, later becoming its Managing Director. By 1937 Miss May Garner was no longer involved in the business and Garners moved to the old Zealandia Hall site in Broadway Avenue, which was remodelled to suit the business. The building was remodelled again in 1959 and the premises were extended through to Main Street. R and W Thorrold-Jaggard were the architects. Garners were bought out by Smith and Brown in the 1960s. Note the store "The Kash" was operated and run independently by Frank Meredith Garner (brother of Harry). The reason why Misses May and Hilda Garner went into business with Harry was their mother provided the money for the store to be established on condition that Harry worked the store with his sisters May and Hilda as equal partners. Keith Garner was sent to Beaths in Christchurch in 1923 (he was aged 17) where he trained as a draper there. After he qualified he came back to Palmerston North and went to work for his father Harry at Garners.

 
Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture (detail)

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture (detail)

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, "the feathers of the chief", forms a 6.4-metre high archway on the corner of The Square and Church Street, and is illuminated at night. The stylised giant huia feathers are the creation of Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Robert Jahnke.  It features three feathers on one side, and two on the other, representing a coming together of Maori cultural references and Western knowledge. Cutaway sections on the columns are in the shape of huia.

 
Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, "the feathers of the chief", forms a 6.4-metre high archway on the corner of The Square and Church Street, and is illuminated at night. The stylised giant huia feathers are the creation of Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Robert Jahnke. It features three feathers on one side, and two on the other, representing a coming together of Maori cultural references and Western knowledge. Cutaway sections on the columns are in the shape of huia.

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