A second life beckons for Christchurch churches

A second life beckons for Christchurch churches

Pam Jackson is on a mission to save Christchurch's churches.

The project began in September 2014 when Ms Jackson put a tender in for two church buildings on Stanmore Rd.

The original church was built in 1868 and then in 1879 a bigger one was opened. A church hall was also added but didn't survive the 2011 earthquakes.

The move began at 10pm last night with the churches finding their final resting spot 10km away at a native plant nursery on Marshlands Rd.

"It's just a shame because Christchurch has lost so much of its history," Ms Jackson says.

"This is an opportunity where I thought I would give it a go and if I could achieve it, it would be something for the future."

Project manager from Independent Line Services, Bruce Smith, says the move was "quite a big deal" and lots of planning was involved.

"This is the biggest one we've ever had," he said.

A number of power lines had to come down throughout the move and about 118 properties lost power for between half-an-hour and three hours.

Ms Jackson says she had a nervous night but the churches made it to its new home in one piece.

The final resting place after a three hour move (Newshub.)