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The Changing Face of Christchurch City
Described for many years as 'The Garden City' Christchurch changed forever on 4 September 2010 at 4.35 am. That was when a 7.1 earthquake struck. Changes at the time were small compared to the shock of the 22 February 2011, 12.51pm, when a far more devastating earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck.
There have been many earthquakes and aftershocks since September 2010 but this lens is about triumph and rebuilding the city. It's about the changing face of Christchurch City.
The photo here was taken by me in November 2011 of our new 'pop up mall' or Re:Start Mall.
Update photos were taken on 27 January 2013
A Tour of Christchurch
I was attending the Financial Conference of SIFA in Christchurch when we were taken on a tour of the city. It was only the outskirts of the Red Zone...places visitors were allowed.
We toured the new Pop Up Mall....oops Pop Up City (I think there's some dispute about being called a mall). Also called Re:Start Mall. To see the pop up was really lovely and many of us commented that we hoped it would stay as part of the new Christchurch. It was quiet when we went as it was after 5.00 pm.
Thanks SIFA members for participating in a Conference in Christchurch and supporting us!
Let's Have a Coffee Break! - Inspired by the Crafted Coffee Company in the photo above.
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This photo was taken on the same tour. It shows a twisted and mangled walking bridge. I would not have like to be on the bridge when the February quake struck, that's for sure. Actually this photo does not do justice to seeing it in person. It is dramatic in person...and I'm an amateur with a mobile phone!
I didn't like to take photos of people's damaged homes as some people still lived there and it seemed a bit intrusive. You've got to show respect!
Pop Up or Re:Start?
Re:Start Mall is a shopping mall built out of containers. The photos that appear below were of the original mall but it has since been relocated to make way for the rebuild of the city. I have not been as yet so don't have any photos to share with you...watch out though!
The Re:Start Mall in PictureClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Damage in the CityClick thumbnail to view full-size
The pop up shops are containers in case you hadn't guessed. It's amazing what they can do with a container!
We have coffee shops, bars, shops. window displays, canvas for artwork and prop ups for cliffs and buildings. Yes, those are also containers propping up the Catholic Cathedral.
Read What Lonely Planet Has to Say About Christchurch
Published in May 2011.
"Since the quake of February last year, central Christchurch has changed drastically. And in the year since, as LP author Brett Atkinson wrote in his recent article and this May 2012 update, Christchurch has become New Zealand’s fastest-changing city." Quote from Lonely Planet website
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Lonely Planet 2013 - Christchurch voted # 6 of places to travel to in the world!
- Lonely Planet's praise of Chch hailed | Stuff.co.nz
A global travel guide's endorsement of Christchurch is "worth its weight in gold", earthquake-hit tourism operators say.
- Christchurch one of Lonely Planet's Top 10 cities to visit in 2013 | The National Business Review
The National Business Review Online is New Zealand's authority in breaking business news and analysis. Read its story on "Christchurch one of Lonely Planet's Top 10 cities to visit in 2013"
- Lonely Planet Rates Christchurch in Top Ten | Stuff.co.nz
Christchurch's earthquake recovery is winning global recognition and is set to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
- Christchurch revival: why New Zealand's comeback city is a must-see for 2013 - travel tips and artic
Read Christchurch revival: why New Zealand's comeback city is a must-see for 2013 for travel tips, advice, news and articles from all around the world by Lonely Planet This is a link to the Lonely Planet website!
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- Christchurch Earthquake September 2010
The 2010 Canterbury earthquake (also known as the Darfield earthquake and the Christchurch earthquake) was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am on 4 September 2010 local time (16:35 3 September UTC)
- Christchurch Quake Map
Map showing recent earthquake activity in and around Christchurch, New Zealand. Time-lapse visualisations of the February 22 2011 and September 4 2010 earthquakes and their aftershocks can also be viewed.
- The first place many Cantabrians visit after a significant shock
Live earthquake details from Christchurch, New Zealand for the Canterbury Earthquake September 2010 and ongoing.
Have you been in an earthquake?
The Rebuild Unveiled
- Christchurch Rebuild Blueprint Unveiled | Stuff.co.nz
As many as 840 properties will need to be purchased to turn the Government's plans for rebuilding Christchurch's city centre into reality.
- The video
New Zealand Herald reports.
- Newtalk ZB
Newstalk ZB reports on the Hagley Park group who feel let down by the plan.
- Radio New Zealand News : Christchurch Earthquake : Blueprint for Christchurch unveiled
A report by Radio New Zealand.
UPDATE PHOTOS: 27 January 2013
Murals Appear on Blank Walls - Updated photo
This is a collage of parts of one wall. Below you will find other murals.
The Banks Find Ways to Continue - ...in containers
Bridge of Rememberance
Flowers Appear Everywhere
Recent Changes to the Re:Start
Recently the Re:Start mall moved to make way for building progress. I don't have photos at this stage but will be adding some soon.