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14/3/2012 Lesley and I went to dinner to a friend’s house in Kaiapoi, a suburb in Christchurch. Ken, Lesley’s friend, is involved in Traffic Management in Christchurch and had a big part to play in the recovery services after both big earthquakes there in 2010 and 2011. So I had the chance again to hear… Read more »

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20/2/2012 I got the 8.30am ferry from Wellington to Picton and it was really busy. I was going back to a favourite spot – Nelson. It’s one of my favourite cities in New Zealand. I know I keep saying that I have favourite spots but there are four main ones: Kaikoura, Paihia, Wellington and Nelson…. Read more »

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27/1/2012 I got talking to Effie Vlanderen, a friend of Lesley’s, about her experiences of the earthquakes. I also wanted to add this interview into the article I was going to write. Effie Vlanderen, who is originally from Wieringermeer, Netherlands, lives with her husband, Henk, from Amsterdam, in Redwood, a suburb north of Christchurch city… Read more »

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26/1/2012 Lesley and I drove out to Dallington Road, in the east of Christchurch, by the Avon river. A lot of houses here had sunk into the ground due to the earthquake in February and were sitting there empty, with their gardens overgrown with weeds. Because most of these houses or land had been compromised… Read more »

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26/1/2012 On Thursday morning I went to Beckenham, a suburb south of Christchurch city centre, to talk to Miriam Fisher, about her experiences of the February earthquake. It was one of the interviews that I had planned to add into the article I was writing about Christchurch. Miriam is a crafter and her husband is… Read more »

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23/1/2012 After I’d been to the i-site, I went into the Canterbury Museum to use the loos and unexpectedly, I came across an exhibition with some of the best costumes of the World of Wearable Art show there. The exhibition was called “Off The Wall” and was on from 2 December 2011 to 18 March… Read more »

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22/1/2012 There’s a friend of mine, called Papa Tipua that I’ve had contact with over the last year or so via email, who lives in Wellington. I mentioned to him that I was aiming to volunteer while I was in Christchurch, in return for a bed there. But even after contacting the Student Volunteer Army… Read more »

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15/1/2012 I had been waiting with baited breath for the last two years, to go back to New Zealand but only really started planning my trip in August this year. After a variety of circumstances, mostly work related, I decided to check out flights and finally booked my flight in August. Now I wanted to… Read more »