THE SHAKING EARTH…

These latest earthquakes here in New Zealand made me think again of my last visit to my own shattered city.  A sad visit, but heartened by the resilience of the people there.  Pop-up container malls, bright paint everywhere, and the trams are running.

Phoenix
from the ashes
again

My thoughts are with the people of Kaikoura and all the other places badly affected by our 7.8 quake.  Kia kaha New Zealand.

The following photos are of some of the damage done to rail and road in the Marlborough shake – taken by photographer Tim Burt.

road-uplift-credit-tim-burt

railway-line-damage-photo-tim-burt

 

THE PEOPLE

The Maori have a saying:

He aha to mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

which translates to:

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

Here are some of the people of Christchurch.
Kia kaha Christchurch

(click on any photo for more detail)