Radio Network House - Building Implosion - Sunday 5 August 2012

Release Date: 05 August 2012

On Sunday August 5, the Radio Network House building in central Christchurch was demolished by implosion. This was the first time any high rise building in New Zealand had been demolished in this way.

CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says the event – which was watched by hundreds of people - was more than just a demolition method, but also a symbol of the way forward for Christchurch.

“We are full steam ahead into our rebuild and recovery. This implosion is an impressive way of recognising that we are moving on with recreating this city. This building went out with a bang – our new central Christchurch will arrive with one. The future is exciting here in New Zealand’s second biggest city, and I know its residents are ready and more than willing to embrace it.”

A video of the implosion can be viewed online at or below.