This may seem like an odd post to start my blog off with but we are living in extraordinary times. My beautiful, garden city was recently hit by a succession of earthquakes. They began on 4 Sept 2010 with a sizable 7.1 jolt but we suffered no loss of life. This map shows you the shaking we experienced. Then, on 22 Feb 2011, some 4000+ aftershocks since the Sept quake, a 6.3 magnitude quake hit us - killing over 180 people, destroying parts of our city, changing everything forever.
Yesterday we held a national day of mourning. Many tears flowed. Many hearts broke wide open again. We needed this to start the process of recovery. During the service, our amazing Mayor spoke of the importance of giving meaning to the lives and livelihoods lost. That's why I've finally created this blog. To share with you how life goes on during our journey to a new and better Christchurch, to a better me, so that we may honour the lives of those who walk with us no longer. Kia Kaha (Be strong).