It was Anzac Day on Wednesday last week, the day that we remember those who fought in the wars. We were in Christchurch, and although we didn’t make it to a parade, we learnt a little about the wars from visiting the Air Force Museum of New Zealand as well as the Canterbury Museum. Our Anzac motto is ‘Lest we forget’. Let’s not forget the anguish that people and their families went through in order for us to have freedom.

‘Lest we forget’ could also be applied to Christchurch. Many people are unaware of how much brokenness still exists in Christchurch after the earthquakes. It takes a lot of time to fix things that have been so broken. Having lived in Christchurch through the earthquakes, we understand the situation to some extent, so I like to remind people outside of Canterbury, and even those in minimally damaged parts: let’s not forget. Come with me for a walk through one of the red zones, where houses are no more. And remember, this is only one small part of the brokenness.

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We stayed with some friends who live close to one of the red zones. We went for a walk in the red zone, which was both nice and weird, for this vast expanse of park-like, but fenced off space used to be suburban houses.

I still love Christchurch, despite it’s brokenness, or maybe more because of it. The city centre is slowing growing upwards again and there is a lot of innovation going on. There are so many beautiful trees and outdoor spaces, and we were awed with spectacular Autumn leaf colours. The Botanic Gardens is always a must and we simply had to find some piles of leaves to play in.

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I’m glad New Regent Street has been saved, as it’s pretty as a picture.

One day we found ourselves walking in a forest.

Another day we found ourselves over the hill in Corsair Bay and clambering around on the Port Hills. I will have to do another post with more photos, as there are just too many for one post!

Do visit Christchurch, to see both its beauty and its brokenness. Find someone who can point you in the direction of the most damaged parts. Support local businesses. Pray for the city. Love the people. Play in the leaves.

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6 thoughts on “Lest we Forget

      1. When we have earthquakes in California, it seems that the whole world hears about it. The Loma Prieta Earthquake here was about a 7.1, which was considered to be only ‘moderate’. I was not here when it happened. I was far enough away to only feel a bit of a wiggle in the car I was driving. The radio went dead, which I thought was peculiar. I left Beverly Hills just hours before their last moderate earthquake in 1994. I have never experienced anything more than a moderate earthquake.

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          1. There is no way to avoid them. They just happen when they want to. Although I dislike them when they happen, and I am glad that I never experienced even a moderate earthquake, I am not really afraid of them. People think that the Loma Prieta earthquake was dangerous and ‘deadly’ because it killed people. However, millions of people live here, and only 65 were killed. People are more likely to get killed just by getting shot while doing something as simple as going to a nightclub or high school.

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