Christchurch is slowly trying to pick herself up and plan for the future. It is going to be an amazingly slow process... and we are all doing our best to adapt to the myriad of little changes it means to the way we live, work and make plans...Today, there is a special conference being held in Christchurch to bring international speakers together to share ideas on the rebuild.
It will be broadcast live on the web all day - http://tedxeqchch.com/
They took the speakers around the Red Zone yesterday - which is important for them to assess the magnitude of the damage. Here are the latest pictures.
Tomorrow, it is the three month anniversary of the Feb 22 quake.
Time has stood still for the inner city - unbelievably, this is what it still looks like NOW - basically identical to those taken shortly after it - just less rubble in the streets. You can watch the slideshow from the site. It makes me realise just how much is hanging in limbo while insurance companies and land assessments and CERA decide where to next. The Eastern Suburbs are faring no better, as anxious people wait to hear the fate of their suburbs, houses and equity.
Tomorrow for the three month anniversary there is an international Telethon being held - "Rise Up Christchurch" . As well as our television channel here, it will be streamed on the internet to the world - https://riseup.org.nz/home.
The international support means a lot to us all here in New Zealand, who in turn tries to help others overseas. I struggle to comprehend the impact the Mississippi and the tornadoes are having on America; and the recovery after the tsunami in Japan. The scale of these disasters means the whole world needs to be there to support each country. None of us can manage alone anymore - the international expertise, equipment and money provided makes a huge difference to ensure more people surviving and eventually recovering some normality to their lives.
Thank you all.