November 19, 2016

A difficult week

For those of you overseas or not on my facebook page, this thoughtful video will update you on what has been happening. It is sad to see but honest

Christchurch has certainly had a few long, slow wobbles since the large quake - but further north they have had three thousand...and floods. Many tourists have been evacuated this week.

The quake was upgraded to a 7.8 and has triggered off six fault lines.

We know what the people are going through... physical fear, the chemical toilets in Kaikoura, fear of what the future will be like....and the concerns for many about re-entering the high rise buildings in Wellington.

Ann was trapped in one of the buses during the february quake here:

On a bus in Colombo Street five years ago, I experienced first-hand the hazards of sacrificing safety in the cause of an urgent return to normal service in the city, writes Ann BrowerOn February 22 2011, everyone around me died when a red-stickered building collapsed on to a bus I was riding. I was crushed to within millimetres of my life, was dug out by strangers, spent months in hospital, and took the best part of the year off work. It cost over half a million dollars to save my left leg. For three years, I lived, worked and slept in a fog. Even now, I feel the earthquake in every step.
I hope Wellington learns from our mistakes...

Meanwhile, life is continuing fr me - exams/ marking/practical assessments/long days.
Bear with us all if we seem a little impatient or short tempered.... the broken sleep and memories and the worries are more straws on our backs, even though we are not currently in the direct earthquake zone.

I went to check our 20 litre water container and can't find it.... and I have no idea who has taken it - so back to the shops for water this week.   Food, gas, petrol - tick.  Middle of the night tsunami warnings remind you that it pays to check torches and batteries - and I have carried a transistor radio this week for the first time in a few years.  

Today the sun is shining and I can walk Poppy between assignment marking, and head out for dinner later.

For live EQ updates on Twitter.

If you would also like to help the people affected by the earthquakes, I found the Red Cross donation to be the best method. In New Zealand they have a paid text option or you can use their website.

November Earthquake Appeal - Red Cross

Red Cross Pictures Facebook:

Spokeswoman Gemma Snowdon said the best way to help was to give money so the Red Cross could use it to provide aid to people who have no power, no clean water, no homes, no food, or are simply stranded because of impassable roads.
"That's the best way to help out at the moment because we are still assessing what needs to be done and what people need. One hundred per cent of the funds goes straight to people affected by the earthquake."
Snowdon said the most urgent issue was clean water and Red the Cross will offer water bladders and tap stands for distribution.
Earthquake relief donations wanted
• Red Cross - Donate money here or text REDCROSS to 3181 make an instant $3 donation
• Givealittle - 2016 November earthquake appeal
• Givealittle - search Westpac Rescue Helicopter earthquake appeal
• Givealittle - search Kaikoura earthquake relief fund
• Givealittle - search Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington
• Salvation Army - donations of non-perishable items to Blenheim office at 35 George St on weekdays between 9am and 2pm

Thank you


  1. Fiona, I am at a loss at what to say, but I most definitely would not want to live (or even visit) in your area right now, although it looks such a great place to live from all your non-earthquake posts.
    What a relief to know you are well and have not lost your home, though!

    1. Scary times. Had dinner with friends last night and everyone has been struggling this week with memories etc. Mind you, for us, life is particularly normal in all other ways - house is fine, water runs, sewers work, still working, scrumptious meal at a restaurant..... I think the main message is be prepared. Italy, Turkey, Japan, America - fault lines are everywhere and we just never know when or where they will go. I'm a bit tired of the - isn't it lucky it happened at night - well yes,. Our first one did too. But the next one still killed 165 people at lunchtime in areas that should have been shut down.

  2. LOvely to see Marja's post - Christchurch in pictures this week

  3. On a positive note - our daughter and husband have returned from a long stint overseas and have bought land in Darfield. They are currently living in Prebbleton as they build on their land.

    They are loving living in Christchurch area, not at all put off by earthquakes!Their new baby was born 8 weeks ago in Lincoln.

    And we are enjoying trips down south to visit them.

    1. That is lovely. And life in the western countryside is great. Good community out there :)

  4. Hi Fi
    Just wondering how you are?

    1. Hi :). Been quiet as dealing with my father who has not been well. Had some time off to help and haven't felt in the mood to write much. He is now in a hospital wing of a rest home and being well cared for. He is 91 so he has done very well to date!


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