Christchurch survivors

My mum’s a New Zealander and all her family live there.

Last September one of my cousins was effected by the earthquake and found the experience quite scary. It took the young children a little while to recover especially the baby whom was restless for days. This picture shows the road just around the corner from them.

I emailed those living in Christchurch where they purchased a house a couple of years ago hoping they were well and sending our thoughts and prayers their way after the recent events. I received a reply a few days later to say that my cousin was on the phone to her husband who was on business in Auckland. The conversation was normal until all he heard was screams and then the line went dead!

Liz had grabbed her children as the house shook violently around them and hung onto them whilst laying on the floor. They didn’t move until the tremor stopped. John meanwhile managed to get a flight in the early hours from Deniden followed by a car journey not really knowing what was in store.

What a nightmare of a journey for him, I really felt for them. Their house has been assessed and deemed not safe to live in and it could take at least a year before their area is habitable again as the sewage system is beyond easy repair. Obviously the most important fact is they’re alive. A removal lorry arrived and they salvaged most of their belongings and have left the area. Fortunately for them the company John works for have an office up in Nelson and have transferred him, so they are housed temporarily until they decide what to do next.

I have no recent pictures as their priority was to move out quickly and communication was still slow when I last heard from them.

Thoughts are with those who have not been as lucky as my cousins and lost loved ones.

4 thoughts on “Christchurch survivors

    • Indeed, can’t imagine what it would feel like. Mum used to say they quite often had tremors when she lived there and you just got used to them – small ones that is.

  1. Gosh, what an ordeal. I watched the images on TV and couldn’t help crying. I really feel for all the kiwis who have been affected, one way or another, by this terrible disaster.
    It’s good news about your family. In spite of their trauma, at least they’re all alive and together. A home can be rebuilt, but lives are irreplaceable. I guess it’s an experience like this that makes you really appreciate life and be grateful for any moment that you spend with your loved ones. Really nice post!

    • Thanks Didi. I know I was quite shocked as hadn’t heard the news until a friend rang me early that morning to tell me. Then received an email from my dad too. I felt guilty for not having heard it on the news. . . Being so far away, there is not a lot we can do apart from letting them know we’re thinking of them – yes I feel for the Kiwis too.

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