Ng building



212 Madras Street, affectionately known as the NG Building, is the last of the majestic Victorian and Edwardian style warehouses which characterised Christchurch in the early 1900s, incorporating New Zealand timber and stone. It is not only of important historical significance, but also is of considerable cultural and economic value to the central city. 

​​The building’s architect, Joseph Clarkson Maddison, was well known for a number of significant buildings including the Old Government Building, Mona Vale Homestead, and Clarendon Hotel. Like so many of Christchurch’s treasured heritage buildings, most of Maddison’s buildings were tragically demolished following the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.


However, the NG Building escaped the worst of the earthquakes, and was one of the first buildings to reopen in central Christchurch. The building was strengthened and restored to its full glory by its owners, for which it has received several heritage awards. In the earthquakes’ aftermath, the building became a beacon of cultural activity, exhibiting local artists and temporarily providing a space for the Christchurch Art Gallery, while nurturing several successful small businesses. Since then, it has continued to be a hub of commerce and culture as the central city slowly recovers around it.

The future of the building is presently uncertain. The NG building sits on land intended for the multi-use arena project, although it only occupies a tiny percentage of the overall site. When the stadium was first proposed in 2012, the NG building was incorporated into the original designs so that the building could be preserved. Early this year, to the shock of the owners and tenants, new designs were suddenly released. The new plan stated abruptly that it required the building to be demolished, and the Crown began the process of compulsory acquisition of the NG building.

We are not opposed to the construction of the stadium. Our only goal is to save this historic building from being needlessly demolished when so much has already been lost forever in Christchurch. It is a pristine example of heritage craftsmanship that we will never see again if we lose it now. 


To support the efforts to save the building we are hosting this art auction named Hang In There Mate after the work gifted to Sharon and Roland by the late Ralph Hotere in 2013. It was given with his specific instructions that it be used in service of protecting the building and was one of the last works he made; this piece will be available for auction. We have asked artists from around the country to contribute works for the auction, with 40% of the proceeds of the auction funds going towards saving the building, and 60% going back to the artists. Through this auction we wish to raise funds that will go specifically towards saving the building, to raise awareness of its plight, and to continue the building’s legacy of showing art and supporting artists. 


Our ultimate goal is to come together to save what remains of our heritage. We ask for your support to help save the building.



20 MAY 21


Tickets for the auction are available at Eventbrite

Registration for bidding will open from 10am on the day at NG Boutique. If you would like to register on the evening please allow time before the start of the auction to collect your bidding number. 

Works will be available to view at NG during business hours from Thursday 6th May (Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm).

Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be provided by Lizzie’s Cuisine, The Bone Line, and Three Boys Brewery.

If you cannot attend in person phone bidding and pre-auction bids can be arranged: please email us at


Parking at the back of the building is accessible from Lichfield street, and in front of the CBD bar. Winning bidders will be required to make full payment on the night and are welcome to take the work on the evening or collect in the following days.

For sending items via post all shipping and handling of sold artworks are to be arranged by the buyer. 


If you have further questions please contact us at

If you would like to follow and support the cause to save the building please:

-Sign the online petition on
-Share and spread awareness
-Write letters to the editor or to your local MP.
-Use #SaveNgBuilding and #HangInThereMate on social media channels.
-Join the Facebook group: Save Ng Building
-Follow the twitter: Save Ng Building (@ng_save)
-Follow the instagram: @ngspace


212 Madras Street is now one of the few remaining Victorian and Edwardian style warehouses which once characterised the city in the late 19th and early 20th Century. The Bains Building is not only of important historical significance but also is of considerable cultural and economic value to the inner city area. 

In 2009 The Civic Trust presented an award for 212 Madras Street for the retention and  refurbishment of a heritage building. The building was also awarded a "Heritage Retention Award" in 2012 by the Canterbury Heritage Awards Charitable Trust. 

Completed as a warehouse in 1905. The architect, J.C Maddison, was well known “for a great number of important buildings” throughout New Zealand and especially in the South Island. His other significant local buildings included the original Messrs J. Ballantyne and Company department store; Woods Mill in Addington; the “splendid” Kaiapoi Woollen Manufacturing Company’s offices and warehouse; the “new” Warners Hotel, as well as a private residence for Sir Westby Brook Perceval, M.H.R for Christchurch South. In 1879 Maddison had won first and second prize in a design competition for his Christchurch Town Hall plans and in 1887 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Opening in 2006, NG Boutique is situated on the ground floor. New City Barbers is located at the back of the building, opening onto the carpark area. Upstairs offices represent creative industries including art, architecture and design.