D216. Apr 3. Christchurch – Chapter 2 : Resilience

intro 1 This poem by Emilie Dickinson tells it all: Yesterday is history and Christchurch’ people want to look forward.

intro 2 Not many of them left Christchurch. The city only lost 50 000 people or so.

intro 3 And reconstruction started.

intro 4In the city center, a new mall called “Re:Start” has been built from scratch, using containers in a creative way.

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Mechanical shovels keep clearing out. According to an art curator we met in a temporary museum – a square container – this has been taking too much time, because of the insurance process. “Three years is a lot when you live among ruins”, did she say.

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Though, construction sites are everywhere. And you can see the following poster all across the city. It looks like an “Extreme Makeover” TV advertising campaign (les maçons du coeur in French)…

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and, indeed, the city center looks like an ant hive…

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And still, staff and competencies are missing…

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In addition to the reconstruction plans, the local government seems to take people’s mood very seriously and everything encourage them to think positively.

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Here for, instance, in front of this devastated historical building, were displayed ten advert posters, featuring www.allright.com.nz and Fb.com/allrightnz.
Their point ? Well-being…

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Other headlines were :
“Had a good boogie lately ? Everyone needs to let their hair down now and then.”
“When did you last share your hidden talents ? Everyone wins when we pass our skins and passions.”
“When was your last moment of wonder ? Sometimes the quietest moments can really change our perspective.”
“Shown a mate you care lately ? Often the little things mean the most to our family and friends.”
“When did you last get your sweat on ? Exercise is a proven pick-me-up, even a little bit helps a lot.”
“When did you last share kai with the whanau ? Good food tastes even better with the ones we love.”


Christchurch was obliged to look to the future differently…


1 thought on “D216. Apr 3. Christchurch – Chapter 2 : Resilience

  1. In this context, what is the inhabitants state of mind ? if you met people, maybe you had the opportunity to exchange with us… ? (we know you… and your invetigation mind !)

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