Earthquakes are never fair.
But it seems to me that if you wanted to choose a place that shouldn’t have to experience anything like the devastation of this week’s quake, high on my list would be New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular.
We spent 3 weeks in New Zealand in 2007, traveling from the National Dressage Championships in Taupo, over to the South Island, through Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura, Christchurch, where Axel taught a dressage judges’ seminar, and Queenstown, then back to Hastings on the North Island for the Horse of the Year show.
Christchurch is a genteel, charming, hospitable city, full of green spaces, nestled at the bottom of the hills of the Banks Penninsula. There is an old style links golf course that runs through the center of Hagley Park, intertwined with walking paths and dotted with signs at the tees that say, “All hits or near misses of pedestrians should be reported.” It’s a civilized city, with a bit of a fun loving, chance taking nature. And it sits on a fault line. A big one.
My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, those that we’ve met and those that we haven’t. Here are some pictures of the city during a calmer time … and I wish for a swift return to better days.
***UPDATED TO ADD LINK FOR DISASTER RELIEF***