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.