Tag Archives: Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch Returning to Cycling Roots

Christchurch Returning to Cycling Roots

After the 2011 earthquake, Christchuch residents were asked what they wanted from the city once known as ‘Cyclopolis’. They demanded a greener, more people-focused city – and investment in new cycleways means it is…

Reminders of Home in Abu-Dhabi

Reminders of Home in Abu-Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based journalist, New Zealander John Henzell, who writes for English-language newspaper the National, says one of the things that often unites the country’s massive expatriate population is a desire to be surrounded with…

Diplomatic Businessman Sir John Buchanan

Diplomatic Businessman Sir John Buchanan

Sir John Buchanan, who has died aged 72, was an Auckland-born scientist who rose to be finance director at BP before taking on prominent non-executive board roles in sectors ranging from mining, most recently…

Lydia Ko to Donate Winnings to Disaster-Struck Nepal

Lydia Ko to Donate Winnings to Disaster-Struck Nepal

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is planning to donate all her winnings from this week’s LPGA tournament to the relief effort in quake-hit Nepal. The winner of this week’s tournament will receive $A 243,400. The golfing…

Contemplating the Rebuilding of Christchurch Cathedral

Contemplating the Rebuilding of Christchurch Cathedral

“Henry John Chitty Harper was the first bishop of Christchurch. He battled to build the Anglican cathedral that, for more than a century, was the city’s centrepiece, its greatest landmark and an inspiration behind…

Sunday – Trailer

Sunday – Trailer

Directed by Michele Joy Lloyd Sunday stars Dustin Clare (Spartacus, Underbelly) and Camille Keenan in this intimate love story set with Christchurch a year after the devastating earthquake. Charlie (Clare)…

Damaged Christchurch Mirrors Relationship in New Film

Damaged Christchurch Mirrors Relationship in New Film

The feature-length Sunday, which has its Australian premiere at the 9th Byron Bay Film Festival, is set in Christchurch a year after the 2011 earthquake, where scenes of damage, poignancy and hope provide a…

Christchurch’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ Symbolises Progress as City Rebuilds

Christchurch’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ Symbolises Progress as City Rebuilds

Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral, known as the ‘cardboard cathedral’, has ‘risen from the ruins’ to become the most recognised building in Christchurch, while ChristChurch Cathedral remains gripped in a battle between modernity and heritage. The ChristChurch…

Irreversibly Changed Though Creatively Reborn

Irreversibly Changed Though Creatively Reborn

Like many entrepreneurs, artists, designers and other hardy residents who have chosen to stay in the city after the February 2011 earthquake, the owner of C1 Espresso Sam Crofskey was determined to…

What the Royals Are Taking in on Their NZ Tour

What the Royals Are Taking in on Their NZ Tour

As Prince William, Kate Middleton – and Prince George – head to New Zealand on an official tour, the Telegraph looks at all the places they are visiting asking their own experts, as well…

Pioneering People Who Value Community Rebuild a Theatre

Pioneering People Who Value Community Rebuild a Theatre

How the Court Theatre rose from the rubble of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake is described by its chief executive Philip Aldridge for the Guardian’s “Culture Professionals Network” series. “[After the earthquake on the morning of…

Sweeping Seismic Building Review Surpasses US Attempts

Sweeping Seismic Building Review Surpasses US Attempts

After the deadly Christchurch 6.3 magnitude earthquake, city officials responded with the most sweeping seismic review of concrete buildings ever attempted, far surpassing anything achieved in California. Post-earthquake, residents were stunned to learn that two-thirds…

Weatherman Predicts Year Ahead for Ireland

Weatherman Predicts Year Ahead for Ireland

Auckland-born weatherman Ken Ring has made his latest predictions for the coming Northern winter, forecasting a white December for Ireland. Ring, who predicted the deadly Christchurch earthquake and Ireland’s arctic winter in 2010, also…

Unearthing a Personal History

Unearthing a Personal History

Is an actual, physical, deadly and devastating earthquake too obvious a metaphor for personal upheaval? Sydney Morning Herald journalist Sally Pryor asks New Zealand author Lloyd Jones. Perhaps, he says, but in his case…

New Zealand in Midst of Year-long Earthquake

New Zealand in Midst of Year-long Earthquake

For the past five months a magnitude 7 earthquake, centred near Wellington, has been slowly rocking the country. It’s the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 150 years says The New Zealand Herald,…

Economic Aftermath of Canterbury Quake.

Economic Aftermath of Canterbury Quake.

Two years ago, an earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city, killing 185 people. The city is but one example of how even the wealthiest countries struggle to recover from large-scale catastrophes, according…

New Look Cathedral Unveiled

New Look Cathedral Unveiled

Christchurch’s new cathedral, which will be made of cardboard and will house 700 people, is due for completion in April next year. The city’s magnificent Gothic revival cathedral hewn from local basalt was irreparably…

Radio New Zealand Wins Gold

Radio New Zealand Wins Gold

New Zealand’s top ranking radio station, Radio New Zealand, has won gold at the 2012 New York Festival Radio Awards for their Christchurch earthquake documentary, Broken River. Broken River received the top…

Connecting the Health System

Connecting the Health System

General manager for planning and funding with Canterbury District Health Board Carolyn Gullery explains how the city’s healthcare workers responded so quickly and effectively to last year’s devastating earthquake. “The transition towards a more…

Emergency Place of Worship

Emergency Place of Worship

“Christchurch, New Zealand, where an earthquake last year killed 185 people, is still struggling with how to treat another of its casualties, the city’s Anglican cathedral,” Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Felten writes, beginning…

Unprecedented After-Shock

Unprecedented After-Shock

Deon Swiggs, 25-year-old director of the fledgling nonprofit Rebuild Christchurch, talks to the Los Angeles Times about how New Zealanders are coping one year after a massive magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed 185 people and…

Whimsical Fashion Wanderings

Whimsical Fashion Wanderings

Twenty-two-year-old Christchurch woman Jo and photographer partner Barnaby have begun a fashion blog in which the couple show off vintage finds against “picturesque” New Zealand landscapes. In late 2011 the blog partnered with local…

Building on Solid Ground

Building on Solid Ground

“Newly uncovered details about the earthquake that rocked Christchurch in February may offer grim lessons regarding the potential threat of fault lines running through urban centres,” Our Amazing Planet contributor Charles Choi writes. “Much…

Market Prevails

Market Prevails

New Zealand’s stock market, worth a total of around only $48 billion, is one of the world’s best performing this year despite the effects of the Christchurch earthquake, a weak economy and a foreign…

Jumping the Gap

Jumping the Gap

With New Zealand still reeling from the effects of the Christchurch earthquakes, and its economy struggling to shrug off the turmoil caused by the global financial crisis, many people are making the trip across…

Relief for Christchurch Residents

Relief for Christchurch Residents

Thousands of Christchurch home owners are breathing a sigh of relief following John Key’s announcement on the future of their properties. Entire suburbs of Christchurch are to be abandoned due to unstable ground following…

Vision for a Settled Ground

Vision for a Settled Ground

‘“Happy the country that never makes the front page’ we said recently of Australia,’” Auckland Banyan columnist writes for The Economist. “Even more apt for its smaller sibling across the Tasman Sea,…

Heart-to-Heart in Red Zone

Heart-to-Heart in Red Zone

Bob Parker is taking advice from former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos, who was mayor when the Californian city was struck by a devastating earthquake in 1989. Agnos has come to Christchurch to advise…

Trinity Opportunities

Trinity Opportunities

University of Canterbury student Bree Loverich is one of 42 from Christchurch studying free at Oxford University for its eight-week Trinity term, after the British university offered places to those affected by February’s earthquake….

Helping His Hometown

Helping His Hometown

New Zealander Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and chief marketing officer of drinks company Gatorade, along with New Zealander Sarah Robb-O’Hagan have organised a video titled ‘Christchurch Stay Strong’, using the power…

Remembered Always

Remembered Always

The Prince of Wales has joined a congregation of some 19 — mainly made up of London-based New Zealanders — at a Westminster Abbey memorial service for the victims of February’s Christchurch earthquake. At…

Just Like Everybody Else

Just Like Everybody Else

“The world’s best rugby player” Dan Carter talks exclusively to The Telegraph about how he fled for his own safety during last month’s earthquake in Christchurch, and about how he helped the city in…

National Christchurch Memorial Service

National Christchurch Memorial Service

Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Service held at Hagley Park, Christchurch on Friday, 18th March 2011.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

Each morning I go for a swim. When at home, and whilst the weather is still warm enough, I use the seawater ‘pond’ at Ahuriri, a remnant of what was once the inner-harbour, Te…

Boulders Rain on Family Homes

Boulders Rain on Family Homes

Boulders rained on family homes during the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

God Defend New Zealand: Christchurch Earthquake

God Defend New Zealand: Christchurch Earthquake

A moving video featuring footage of the Christchurch earthquake set to God Defend New Zealand.

60 Minutes Earthquake Special: Part Two

60 Minutes Earthquake Special: Part Two

Part two of 60 Minutes’ earthquake special – the saddest story.

60 Minutes Earthquake Special: Part One

60 Minutes Earthquake Special: Part One

Part one of 60 Minutes’ earthquake special – how it unfolded.

John Key’s Christchurch Message

John Key’s Christchurch Message

A special message from John Key following the Christchurch Earthquake.

John Key Declares National State of Emergency

John Key Declares National State of Emergency

Prime Minister John Key declares a state of emergency following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011.

Aftermath of Christchurch Earthquake

Aftermath of Christchurch Earthquake

Footage of the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Christchurch on 22 February 2011.

Shaky Lessons

Shaky Lessons

In the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Christchurch on September 4, an Arizona State University (ASU) geotechnical engineer says the US should learn from what New Zealanders did to withstand a recent powerful…

On the Ring of Fire

On the Ring of Fire

In the early hours of Saturday, September 4, Christchurch was struck by an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale, the same magnitude as that which hit Haiti in January. The quake was shallow,…