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reaching out to the folks affected in the christchurch earthquake - (7.4 grade. )

post #1 of 11
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gday from another wet auckland weekend (new zealand)

 

not sure if the news of this rather large earthquake has made the forum or the news up there, but christchurch was rocked by a big earthquake last week.damage is significant ( over $5 billion to date)

 

for those who don't know christchurch is like the gateway city to the mountains and ski areas for travellers who come in to nz.

the garden city sits on the east coast of the south island and is adjacent to the southern alps. 

well the tectonic plates decided to move which resulted in a 7.4 grade earthquake with epicentre near darfield west of christchurch in the foothills to the adventure playgrounds.

 

miraculously no body died as it struck late at night. if the city had been full of people in the pubs etc without doubt it would have claimed many lives.

by the grace of god their were no deaths- however the clean up is massive. many jobs will be lost and the general mayhem has been huge.the aftershocks have been numerous so there are many scared cantabrians just now.

here is a call out to the people of christchurch from us. normally auckland and christchurch have strong competitive battles in sports but this is a time to pass on our calls of good luck and sympathetic messages to them all.

take care 

steve and the team

 

 

 

post #2 of 11

Love Christchurch, its a beautiful city with close proximity to some great skiing (could easily live there).  Brother-in-law (BIL) lives there and has move his family out to Timarou until thngs get back together.  A bit of a mess at the moment, but it isn't called the "Shakey Isles" for nothing.

 

BIL is in the building game, so I'm sure he will have plenty of work for quite a while.

post #3 of 11
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hi there taxman

yes the shaky isles is an apt description indeed

as is aoteoroa- land of the long white cloud. a name given by early maori settlers referring to the omni present clouds and rain

still i would take rain ahead of that quake.

hoping your family are faring ok.

thankyou for replying

sb

post #4 of 11

Family is all good, although the youngest was a little spooked; seven yeasr old and first experience of a major earthquake.  I will have to get back there soon and help improve the local economy with a little spending (Ski season is almost done here in Oz, but NZ will kick on a little longer).

post #5 of 11
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you are most welcome in NZ - we like that.

suggest you make it before next september 2011, before the Rugby World Cup is on.Prices for everything will go through the roof

 

evidently the first person to pass because of the earthquake has occurred. very sad for the family. they have been in a tangi (wake) 

however one death is incredibly lucky considering the scale of the earthquake on the buildings and infra structure

 

best wishes 

sb

post #6 of 11

Hey!  Thoughts go out from all here in Aus

 

Our caretaker prime minister at the time (and now our kinda-sorta official prime minister) offered any and all assistance at the time, and the whole country's behind that offer.

 

My troop may have to ski an "away game" next winter.

post #7 of 11
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nice one sinbad

thanks for the nice words

been wonderin if any one up north way was interested- but apart from taxman

but good to see the aussies are there for the fight. 

bros' in arms and all. yep skiing mission as part of clean up allowed - still snow down the way 

 

all the best and thanks again for the compassion 

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been wonderin if any one up north way was interested- but apart from taxman

 



They can get a bit insular up there.        Funny thing is there is a thread here about summer skiing in Chile.  WTF - isn't half the World in winter when the other half is in summer?

post #9 of 11
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lol- nice work mr tax

one of my business partners is down in chch today and yesterday helping out with restoring telecomunication issues which have been significant

anyway i am off to rarotonga for a break and one of the team will be on line in my absense and mark is really quite a social media " disciple" and he can write 

so will be interesting of he can generate some korero(chat) 

sb

post #10 of 11

Skied there in '99. Did Mt Hutt sustain much damage? Methven?

post #11 of 11
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howdy skeee

nothing significant - mostly happened around Christchurch urban area as epicentre was near Darfield

Would not be good if the ski areas were affected as well- so do come on back and spend some of that valuable currency !!

 

thanks for reachin out 

 

sb

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