Fletcher Trust Archives
Facts about Fletcher Building, its companies and divisions
Fletcher Building has pledged $6 million to the rebuild and recovery of the Canterbury region following the September 4 2010 and February 22 2011 earthquakes.
Our initial $1 million pledgewas used to start the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund, which restores and repairs extensively damaged character buildings, and has been allocated to the preservation of the iconic McKenzie and Willis facade on the corner of Tuam and High Streets in Christchurch city.
The additional $5 million contribution made following the February earthquakes has sponsored the Christchurch Arts Festival, the Westpac Business Hub and a number of smaller community-based projects. In December, it was also announced that the company will contribute $4 million towards the rebuild of the iconic Clock Tower and Great Hall buildings within the historic Christchurch Arts Centre complex.
At an employee level, we have also matched dollar for dollar the individual contributions that have been made by our people from our businesses across the world. Over $87,000 has gone to various charities that are involved with rebuilding Canterbury.
Helping to rebuild Christchurch's Shirley Tennis Club
Fletcher Building is proud it could help get Shirley Tennis Club, a club that was founded way back in 1925, back on its feet and welcoming members again.
Of the $6 million Fletcher Building donated to the Christchurch rebuild, $68,000 went to Shirley Tennis Club. After the earthquakes the club's nine courts were no longer visible, hidden under a thick layer of mud and silt.
On first inspection, after the mud and silt was cleared, it was thought the courts could be repaired, but on more detailed inspection it was revealed five of the courts would need to be completely replaced, at a cost three times higher than the original repair estimate.
Fortunately through trust grants and further community fundraising, Shirley Tennis Club has managed to get new courts down and open its doors again.
The pictures to the left show Shirley Tennis Club covered in silt and mud from liquifaction, and below its brand new courts.