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Christchurch City

Updated on January 15, 2015

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

Re:Start Mall
Re:Start Mall

A Tour of Christchurch

November 2011

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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Twisted Bridge
Twisted Bridge

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 Picture

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The Re:Start Mall is colorful!A lovely viewUsing nature tooA place to relax
The Re:Start Mall is colorful!
The Re:Start Mall is colorful!
A lovely view
A lovely view
Using nature too
Using nature too
A place to relax
A place to relax

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Damage in the City

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The Catholic Cathedral coming down.Another view of the Catholic Cathedral.Subdued SIFA members.Part of the city blocked off.
The Catholic Cathedral coming down.
The Catholic Cathedral coming down.
Another view of the Catholic Cathedral.
Another view of the Catholic Cathedral.
Subdued SIFA members.
Subdued SIFA members.
Part of the city blocked off.
Part of the city blocked off.

Containers Galore!

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.

Lonely Planet: Christchurch
Lonely Planet: Christchurch

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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UPDATE PHOTOS: 27 January 2013

Murals Appear on Blank Walls - Updated photo

collage of mural
collage of mural

This is a collage of parts of one wall. Below you will find other murals.

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Around the corner...
Around the corner...
Around the corner...

The Banks Find Ways to Continue - ...in containers

The banks
The banks

City Plans

christchurch plans
christchurch plans

Bridge of Rememberance

Bridge of Rememberance
Bridge of Rememberance
Christchurch
Christchurch

Flowers Appear Everywhere

flowers everywhere
flowers everywhere

Recent Changes to the Re:Start

an update...

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.

Please let me know you dropped by...

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing these photos with us, it nice to see, the progress, and rebuilt of Christchurch City, after that terrible day, 22 Feb 2011, I will never forget that day, glued to the TV. It was so sad.

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      Sue 5 years ago from Norwich, UK

      I am UK based with a holiday home in Turkey. My partner had returned to the UK and I was on my own in my Turkish home when a 6.0 earthquake hit on June 10th 2012. The house was swaying back and forth. It was very frightening and when its over you wait for it to return afterwards.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea to use the containers

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      Great Information... I've been wanting to visit New Zealand for years. (as a California native, I understand about earthquakes... you move on).

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      xanone 5 years ago

      Great Lens, Love It.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Now this is an amazing project, congrats to everyone making it work and well done m'am for putting this lens together from scratch!

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      benny77 5 years ago

      Great lens...thanks for sharing

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Christchurch was always one of the best parts about going to Antarctica (the Antarctic program for McMurdo, Scott Base, and South Pole depart from ChCh) - and as soon as we can afford it, we'll be going back for a long visit. I have always loved ChristChurch! Glad to see such excellent recovery after the quakes! :) Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      I would so love to go to New Zealand. I've even been planning to move there, but it's not so easy to get a work permit.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite a fascinating read - thanks so kindly for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I experienced an earthquake in Greece many years ago - island of Zakinthos. I didn't really know what was happening. I was actually more scared afterwards when it was over and everyone was OK. That's when I realised what had happened.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love New Zealand. I spent time traveling from Wellington in north island to the south island between Picton and Invercargill on the east coast, then up to Christchurch, touring with a singing group. I loved every inch of that beautiful country.

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      Fay 5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      It broke my heart to see the earthquake in Christchurch. I found myself wondering if the old church and the little bear shop had survived.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Snowsprite: The bear shop closed long before the earthquake. I suppose you mean the one with the teddy bear hibernating room. I loved that!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      These dreadful disasters have a habit of slipping out of our minds, those of us who haven't had to experience it first hand. This is a great reminder of what happened and it shows the wonderful resilience of people in rebuilding lives. It's good to see that such progress is being made.

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      We were in New Zealand a number of years ago, and even though it was winter, Christchurch was very beautiful. I remember ordering Pavlova for dessert every chance I got!