It's 1000 days today since Canterbury residents were shaken out of their slumbers on the morning of 4 September 2010.
Lots of water has flown under the bridge (and out of the ground!) since then, but 1000 days on, Christchurch is slowly recovering. Yes; there's still a heck of a lot of work to be done, but the worst of the aftershocks seem to have passed, and contractors are in full swing with repairs and new builds.
Not everything has gone according to Hoyle, but then again, New Zealand has never seen destruction on this large a scale, so there is no template for a quick fix. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee reflects:
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says this Friday will be a special one for Cantabrians as it marks a thousand days since the first violent earthquake that triggered so much upheaval for the region’s people.
“To mark the milestone I’d like to thank all those who have helped in whatever capacity, from voluntary to official, in responding to the earthquakes and helping shape the recovery that is so clearly underway,” Mr Brownlee says.
“It’s not easy to comprehend the sheer scale of this event, so I’ve highlighted 100 things big and small that paint a picture of the scope of the Government’s response.
“I could list many more examples of great commitment to Canterbury at a local level and nationally,” Mr Brownlee says.
“Rebuilding Christchurch is one of this Government’s four priorities for this term and a huge amount will be done over the next 1000 days to see that achieved for the benefit of the region’s people.
“But now is a good time to reflect on just how far we’ve come, some tragic losses, and to acknowledge how much energy and passion thousands of people have put into the recovery.”
Today we spare a thought for all those whose lives changed that morning 1000 days ago, and again a few months later in February 2011. But as we have mentioned a few times, Cantabrians are a resilient lot, and a new and vibrant Christchurch is just around the corner.
The next 1000 days will be an interesting time to visit Christchurch as the pace of the rebuild gathers momentum. Kia kaha Christchurch!