This edition of Te Karaka is a bit of a catch-up. We did not publish our Kahuru/Autumn edition due to the February earthquake. Partly because we did not have the files we needed to complete the job. However, the main reason was Ōtautahi people needed help.
Life here is fragmented now. There are glimpses of life before the earthquakes but these are interpersed with aftershocks that make us question: Where are our loved ones? Will the power be on at home? Do I need to start boiling drinking water again? How are our emergency supplies? Do I want to live here anymore?
These questions make it hard to plan ahead but I guess it all starts with one day at a time, and from there the months and years will take care of themselves.
One of the odd elements of Canterbury earthquakes is that there is little evidence of disruption in Christchurch’s western suburbs. The malls and supermarkets are open. The roads are generally flat. There are parks and playing fields filled with families. The shocks are still felt out in the west but there has not been the demoralising damage. That the west is up and running has probably kept Christchurch and its surrounding towns together, giving residents somewhere to seek refuge and buy supplies.
We have seen such compassion from the Canterbury region, Aotearoa and abroad. We have also seen university students rally and hit the streets with aroha, youthful energy and shovels, and Māori Wardens knocking on doors and checking on the welfare of all. We have learned our neighbours’ names and begun to weave a new community. There has been a profound and constant outpouring of aroha ki te tangata, love for the people of Christchurch. We will rise again.
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