Christchurch, 5 years on

May 29, 2016 Uncategorised 0 Comments

Walking around Christchurch NZ, five years after the devastating earthquakes, the city is slowly putting itself together.

Gingko tree, Christchurch NZ - golden leaves

Ginkgo tree, Christchurch NZ



In late May, the ginkgo leaves are turning, falling and making a carpet of their precious yellow leaves.



Christchurch Cathedral showing earthquake damage

The earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral

The cathedral still has a gaping hole, but there is no inner city ‘red zone’ any more, and visitors can see the damage for themselves.





inside Christchurch's cardboard cathedral

inside Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral. Tubes are made of cardboard

And a new, temporary cathedral substantially made of cardboard provides a place of worship.









Rows of white chairs, by a temporary carpark

Each chair represents a life lost in the earthquake

Nearby, a moving memorial of chairs represent the 185 people who died. Fittingly, it is next to one of the many temporary carparks that have sprung up in the vacant lots where buildings used to be.


While life has not completely returned to normal – for some it never will – cranes fill the skyline as the reconstruction continues. And there are patches of normality. One of the shiny new places is the Tannery, and

Inside of Apothecary at the Tannery

The Apothecary at the Tannery, Christchurch

one of the shiniest places there is the Apothecary. A lovely space filled with wonderful medicinal plants – many of them locally grown, and bursting with vibrancy. Good on you Simone for establishing such a place.