A visitor to the urban community of Chippenham (left) shares a meal with residents Howard Gray, Marian Logeman and Peter Lowe in 1972. Chippenham was established in 1971 in a Victorian mansion in suburban Merivale, Christchurch, and the following year occupied the house next door as well. Its early residents were strongly politically active, and the community was the site of Greenpeace and HART (Halt All Racist Tours) meetings, as well as gay activism, and planning for New Zealand’s first women’s refuge. Marian Logeman (later Hobbs) was a Labour MP from 1996 until 2008, becoming a cabinet minister and then assistant speaker. In the early 21st century Chippenham survived as part of the Heartwood Community.
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Reference: 3 April 1972, p. 9
Photograph by Roy Sinclair
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