– catastrophe, containers, courage and cute
|Lake Pukaki with Aoraki Mt Cook in the distance.|
|Christchurch Cathedral, propped up by containers until|
the city, politicians and the Catholic church can agree
whether to demolish and rebuild or simply demolish and move on.
Our subsequent drive into
|Yours truly, Ashley and Fo. I leave it to you to|
decide who is the cutest.
|Yet another building propped up by|
steel and indecision.
|185 empty, white chairs; a simple but|
moving memorial to those that died.
Three years on, the inner city is still a huge construction site. Whole areas resembled nothing more than no-go ghost towns full of condemned buildings and sites left vacant through indecision and political wrangling. The city's unofficial memorial to those that died is 185 chairs, painted white and left empty in a demolition site.
|Container Mall, fast becoming a permanent and trendy|
open market area in the city centre.
Until our visit to
I had given little thought to the fact that NZ sits on one of the most active
volcanic areas of the planet. For Kiwis the threat of eruptions and quakes is
ever present but they seem to take it in their stride and with good humour;
extraordinary people in an extraordinary place. Christchurch