Christchurch is Munted: but still Rocking!

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Ian Stehbens on April 23, 2011

The Demolition Teams move into devour the devastation of Christchurch's earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011.

Here an art-deco building occupied by motor vehicle repairers will soon be a cleared space.

I stood here saddened by all that lay before me.

Just a little further on was the Durham Street Methodist Church. In it 3 men died in the February quake as they were dismantling the pipe organ, for the church had been severely damaged in the September quake and had to be demolished.

Ahead I could see the casino, the hotels. The Copthorne Hotel had just been assessed as needing to be demolished. A deep sadness engulfed me.

Then a woman arrived to stand beside me. She burst into tears, for as she peered over this remaining piece of wall, she was looking into her former office, and there was her electric fan, her name on it, crushed in the pile of rubble. She hadn't wept in a week, but we did then.

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Photo taken in Christchurch Central, Christchurch, New Zealand

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    by Ian Stehbens