On 17 July 1964 the Government Life Building opened in Cathedral Square. One of my favourite photos in our entire collection is this one of its construction. workers on top of Government Life. It is the Ōtautahi version of the famous Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam).
That iconic clock has been a landmark of the central city – when it was turned off lots of us missed looking up to see the time (and the temperature).
In the 1965 photo above, you can see it is 1:52pm.
Post earthquakes, Mike Hewson’s artwork Government Life Suspension reflected the building back for us.
The Government Life building is currently being demolished.