Wreckage in Christchurch, New Zealand

It may not seem very appealing, but one of the best places that you can actually go to see wreckage, carnage, and a beautiful city reborn is Christchurch, New Zealand. After an earthquake ripped apart the city, it had been almost completely destroyed. Now it is being rebuilt in a way that can really make your vacation a lot more interesting.

Visiting Christchurch or living in the city can provide a number of different opportunities related to the earthquake that most people will not immediately consider. As someone deeply interested in New Zealand and all it has to offer, I think you shouldn’t skip Christchurch on your next trip here. In this article, I will show you that the wreckage of the earthquake can be an interesting thing to visit especially now that the city is reborn.

Sites of Wreckage in Christchurch

There are plenty of emblematic locations in Christchurch, New Zealand that were destroyed during the earthquake that hit the city only a few years ago. Many of the largest and most well-known buildings have been hit hard and there are a wide variety of entities still in shambles. Many of the wrecked sites are fixed, however, which can show some insight into the resilience of the New Zealand people and their ability to rebuild.

Rebuilding New Zealand has become an integral part of the national identity after such a large earthquake hit such a small country. For people that really want to understand the culture of New Zealand in the modern day, seeing the wreckage and the sites that have been rebuilt is a huge way to do so.

Existing Wreckage and Survivors

There are a lot of survivors that you can speak to at just about any bar or restaurant in the city. Even if they were not in immediate danger, most of them remember getting into a position that nearly cost them their life. For those who want to discuss it, a lot of information can be learned by speaking to the survivors.

Also, looking at the existing wreckage of buildings that were never built can offer a lot of insight into the city and how it has grown as well. Sometimes buildings were not worthy enough of rebuilding and the destroyed foundations are a sign of the carnage that was wrought by this earthquake. It is also a reminder for the people of Christchurch and the visitors to the city to live every day as if another disaster could strike at any moment.

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Christchurch rebuild: storage and EQC

EQC Storage IssuesEveryone knows that I love Christchurch. It is the third biggest city in the south island of New Zealand. It used to be the second biggest; but then it was slammed by an earthquake in September of 2010: and this changed everything. Buildings have collapsed; and as a result, there is now a huge need in Christchurch for storage after the earthquakes.

To understand why, look at what happened in the Christchurch CBD. About two thirds (if not more) of their buildings were demolished. But they were mostly commercial buildings; now lets look at residential buildings. In suburbs like Linwood and Ferrymead, they suffered immense earthquake damage, particularly after the February 2011 earthquakes which caused a lot more liquefaction in the eastern suburbs. People had to abandon their contents – and as a result, they had to abandon their items.

buildings in chch

But one area that the earthquake commission (EQC) has failed in is covering the costs for containers for residents storing their household items. They do cover some of the cost for this, but it isn’t enough a lot of the time. I have heard of too many people struggling because they have only been given enough money to cover 6 months for their units, and after that they can no longer afford to rent them; but they have no choice, because they have no where else to store them (or worse, they are paying both a mortgage AND rent, because their EQC money does not accurately cover them).

It is things like this that make me think that EQC has dropped the ball one too many times. Gerry Brownly talks as though he has the cities best interests at heart; but does he really? Looking forward to this upcoming election, the residents of Christchurch have a huge choice to make. It seems scary to take on a whole new government and political party and just choose Labour though, given how volitile the situation is. I’ll be watching and waiting with baited breath on election night.

Christchurch residents need storage

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