Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Unveiled

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial / Oi Manawa has been officially opened. It is both beautiful and poignant; a place to reflect, six years later, on the earthquakes that changed greater Christchurch forever. In the words of the commemorative guide, the memorial exists to "pay respect to those who lost their lives, those who were seriouslly injured and to survivors. It also acknowledges the shared trauma and the support received during the response and the recovery that followed." The inscriptions on the memorial wall bring together the names of loved ones from 15 nations, each in their own script and language. When you have a moment, go and visit. To remember those who died, to thank those who helped, and to share in the journey of the Christchurch recovery.

The Church in the Quakes Te Hahi i Nga Ruwhenua Collection Live on CEISMIC

UC CEISMIC, the Canterbury University's Earthquake Digital Archive now contains another collection. 'The Church in the Quakes / Te Hahi i Ngā Rūwhenua' was launched in Quakestudies recently, with the uploading of the first ten interviews. This unique collection will be a welcome addition to the wealth of other material stored there. When complete, it will consist of interviews recorded during the research process for Rubble to Resurrection, in the form of transcripts, audio and video files. It is a privilege to be able to contribute these personal stories on behalf of those who granted them, and to add their unique voice to the greater narrative of the community's quake response. To access the collection, go to:

Quake Anniversary marked in Australia

On this fifth anniversary of the September 4th Quake, Shelley Scowen, host of The Morning Cafe on Vision Christian Radio spoke with Melissa about the book. It was a chance to remember the impact the quakes have had, and celebrate the things that congregations were able to do to assist in the midst of it all. Many thanks to Shelley for allowing the stories in Rubble to Resurrection to reach a wider audience. The podcast of the interview can be accessed on