Christchurch, New Zealand

No place in New Zealand was less likely to be struck down by an earthquake than the garden city of Christchurch. And, yet, stuck down it was.

On February 22, 2011, a quake that measured 6.3 on the Richter scale collapsed buildings, turned the soil into liquid, and took the lives of 185 people. Although we weren’t in Christchurch when it happened, we were in Auckland, and shared the feelings of shock and horror at the disaster that hit our fellow Kiwis.

Four years after the quake, we visited Christchurch. These images are of the signs of hope, humor, humility, and the of-course-we-can-do-it, she’ll-be-right dogged determination of Cantabrians fighting to rebuild their city and their lives.

Munted? Yes. Defeated? Never!




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