Shake, rattle and roll: Touched by the Darfield Quake 2010, NZ

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very nice


Greetings from IRAN' Mahmood

Ian Stehbens on May 10, 2011

Thanks Mahmood. Here the brick chimney that stood for a long time fell in the quake, but the more flexible wooden building survives. This little piece of New Zealand rural history now tells of another chapter.

Peace and respect to you,

Ian (in Australia)

bdeh on May 11, 2011

Nice scenery and the chimney can be restored Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 11, 2011

I think this little cottage is way past its use by date, Berend d so I doubt there will be much urge to replace it. But it tells the story that brick and masonry does not fare well in a quake.

Warm regards,


ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on May 11, 2011

Hi Ian!

As well I wondered if pine trees are native to NZ. LIKEd

Best wishes, ah-p☺ng

Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

Dear Ah-Pong. Conifers are not native to NZ and these eucalypts are not either. But if you peruse the GE images you will see the many lines of windbreaks that have been planted to tame the winds across the Canterbury. Macrocarpa, pines and Eucalypts, all exotics, have been used right across this landscape.


Peterbnz on August 16, 2011

Ah-Pong & Ian, we have very few trees in this country that are fast growing.

Most native trees are in for the long haul, and after we are all gone, they may be just 15 or 20 metres high.

But they will last a few hundred years - if some nut does not cut them down...

Cheers, Peter, Christchurch

Ian Stehbens on August 21, 2011

Thanks for your informative comments always, Peter and for the feelings that go with them. I like a bit of passion and concern.The Canterbury would be quite a bleak place especially in winter if it weren't for the windbreaks, I suspect.


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