The City of Christchurch remains in a special place in my heart as i have been visiting the Garden City since the early 2000's and using it as a arrival and departure point for the Stunning South Island. As a result i have seen some dramatic changes through this period of time. The obvious being the time right after the major Earth Quakes of 2010/ 11 - It was a feeling of trepidation for the first few times i stepped out of the car as all around me there was nothing but total destruction, Clocks had stopped to mark the moment the earthquake had struck - Peoples belongings were left strewn anywhere as they scrambled to safety. It was so RAW as you walk around its like a GHOST Town as the street lights are left flashing in AMBER, The city is in a total RED ZONE with a fence marking its perimeter - The Military is there at every Check Point, Night Falls and you hear nothing just this eery sound of silence and the occasional rumble. Where has everyone gone? People have been forced to the outer suburbs in survival, some with just the clothes on their backs and many waiting of the insurance paper trail to take it course.
The once iconic Christchurch Cathedral still sits in its ruins in the hope of one day restoring it.
TODAY - Many open spaces remain but the new is RISING UP and the cities vibe is returning, with Pubs/ Bars and department stores starting to take place.
There is hope -
Pop up stores and outdoors spaces "Gap Filler"
Christchurch (/ˈkraɪstʃɜːrtʃ/; Māori: Ōtautahi) is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 390,000 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington.
Amazing how this sculpture had remained intact from all the damaged around it
The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford. Some early writers named the city Christ Church, but it was recorded as Christchurch in the minutes of the association committee. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, making it officially the oldest city in New Zealand.The Avon River flows through the centre of the city, with an urban park located along its banks, the river was named after the River Avon in Scotland, which rises in the Ayrshire hills.
The Māori name for Christchurch is Ōtautahi ("the place of Tautahi"). This was originally the name of a specific site by the Avon River near present-day Kilmore Street and the Christchurch Central Fire Station. The site was a seasonal dwelling of Ngāi Tahu chief Te Potiki Tautahi, whose main home was Port Levy on Banks Peninsula. The Ōtautahi name was adopted in the 1930s. Prior to that the Ngāi Tahu generally referred to the Christchurch area as Karaitiana, a transliteration of the English word Christian. The city's name is often abbreviated by New Zealanders to Chch.
On Saturday 4 September 2010, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Christchurch and the central Canterbury region at 4:35 am. Located near Darfield, west of the city at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), it caused widespread damage to the city and minor injuries, but no direct fatalities.
Nearly six months later on Tuesday 22 February 2011, a second earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3 struck the city at 12:51 pm. It was located closer to the city, near Lyttelton at a depth of 5 km (3 mi). Although lower on the magnitude scale than the previous earthquake, the intensity and violence of the ground shaking was measured to be IX (Violent), among the strongest ever recorded globally in an urban area which proved fatal with a total 185 people were killed. People from more than 20 countries were among the victims, The city's iconic ChristChurch Cathedral was severely damaged and lost its spire.
Christchurch City Cathedral ruins has sat till thi day in one day in the hope of restoring it
The collapse of the CTV Building resulted in the majority of fatalities. Widespread damage across Christchurch resulted in loss of many homes, major buildings and infrastructure. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs which resulted in the main road in and out of the east cut. The total cost to insurers of rebuilding has been estimated at NZ$20–30 billion and then some
On 13 June 2011 Christchurch was hit by two more large aftershocks. A magnitude 5.6 quake at a depth of 9 km (6 mi) hit at 1:00 pm in the general location of Sumner, Christchurch. This was followed by another quake at magnitude 6.3 with a depth of 6 km (4 mi) at 2:20 pm again in the general location of Sumner, Christchurch. There were no fatalities though it resulted in further liquefaction and building damage
4,558 earthquakes were recorded in the Canterbury region above the magnitude of 3.0, from 4 September 2010 to 3 September 2014.
Christchurch is theGateway to the Antarctic with the main supply route to McMurdo and Scott Bases in Antarctica
One of the many empty sites that remain today - 2017
I always found it amazing, with the use of the shipping containers
The once small Christchurch City Council
A major fire out to the east towards the Banks Peninsula 2017
On of the few buildings left in the city centre that is currently being deconstructed - 2017