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Christchurch earthquake update

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Christchurch earthquake update

Things in Christchurch since the major quake on 22nd of February 2011 are still in crisis. A state of emergency is still in place and the CBD is out of bounds. So far 148 reported dead and more bodies being found. 30% of the CBD has been declared unrecoverable. Eastern suburbs have been badly affected, with major property damage and liquifaction affecting homes, businesses and infrastructure. Most places now have electricity, but water and sewerage are a major problem across the city.

On the positive side, NZers are resilient and are working together to survive and rebuild. Many thanks to all the international assistance with rescue efforts.

For those planning to travel to Christchurch, keep watching the web for updates. Western suburbs are not so badly affected (including the airport) but accommmodation is at a premium because of those who have been displaced and the government , media and rescue workers who have come to Christchurch. For the moment communication via phone and website is still difficult. My feeling would be that if you can postpone, or re-route your journey to avoid Christchurch you would be taking pressure of an already overburdened city.

There are still significant aftershocks occurring daily ( 2 at 4+ magnitude so far today), so more damage is occurring in areas which are already fragile. Food supplies in other parts of the South Island are being affected because Christchurch is the main distribution centre for the island, this doesn't amount to shortage so far, just some items are not so available.

Christchurch businesses who are still able to function are being affected by the mass exodus from the city and would love you to buy Christchurch made goods to support them.

Christchurch our thoughts are with you.

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1. Re: Christchurch earthquake update

The best way that anyone can help Christchurch and NZ is to still come to nz, the tourism industry is the one saving grace we have.

While activities in central Christchurch are not available such as trams, punting, public suburban transport, beyond the four avenues, Christchurch is pretty much unaffected however accommodation is at a premium due to so much of the central city accommodation not being available, not because of damage, but because the central city is locked down for safety reasons.

Please do not postpone or cancel your holidays to NZ, this is the best time of the year for weather and everything to do with darknes still falling between 8.30 and 9 pm

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Firstly, our sincere condolences to all affected by the tragedy in Christchurch

and thanks to all the reports and updates on this wonderful site. Without these we would have a very sketchy picture of what is going on. Unfortunately the troubles in Libya etc ( Along with Oscar hype !!! ) have taken over prominence in our news

We are due to leave the UK on 6th March and spend some days in at the end of our tour-27th March in Christchurch, obviously this will be altered by our ground agents now. We still intend to visit your beautiful country.

Please continue to keep us all updated - your local information is invaluable to us tourists and we do appreciate you giving up time to keep us abreast of what is going on on the ground.

Our Best wishes - Westmorland

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Hi, thanks for your detailed updates. I was really shocked to hear of the incident. I'm booked to arrive in Christchurch at the end of March and strongly hope things are back to normal by then.

Best wishes to you all.

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Christchurch CBD and eastern Suberbs (toward the sea) will not get back to 'normal' for several years, however accessto the CBD and busineses who operate out of building that have not been damaged it will be maybe a couple of months.

Outside the four avenues busines is generaly un afeected but under pressure catering for accomodation etc.

the rest of NZ is still as beutiful as ever and please do keep comming, the best way to show your support is to keep comming nd not cancel your reservations

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If you are arriving in CHCH to pick up a car an begin a tour you will have no problems at all. The west side of the city was hardly damaged at all. If you were planning on staying in CHCH be aware that you can't get into the CBD at the moment and many of the attractions there were badly damaged. If you have a car CHCH is still a good base for day trips to Akaroa, Kaikoura, Hanmer, Arthur's Pass etc (Goggle these places). The traffic is heavy in places but not scarey like driving in busy cities in other counties!!!! I live in a western suburb and it's life as usual so there is no need to avoid our city.

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