Saturday, August 2, 2014
Inspired by some of my experiences living 50m from the residential redzone in Christchurch New Zealand.
Home - 'How's your house?' The question that has been asked endless times since the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and continues for many residents today. No matter how varied residents experiences of the earthquake everyone shared a focus on home. A redzone trio would not be complete without recognizing the importance of home in Christchurch residents' experiences.
Pīwakawaka (fantail) - An unexpected bonus of living near the redzone is the proliferation of birdlife. As people moved out the birds (and rodents) moved in. We have seen more pīwakawaka in the past few years than ever before, and we have had other avian visitors, such as spur-wing plovers, as well. A nearby cricket ground is reverting to swamp land and the geese love to visit.
Californian poppy - Around Christchurch people have scattered wildflower seeds. If you live here, or have visited, you will understand how confronting an empty section or scar on the land after demolition can be. Sometimes the demolition and clear-up is completed quickly, but more often most of the job is completed but piles of 'building mince' remain for a long time reminding everyone of how things have changed. Even where wildflower seeds have not been scattered, many flowers pop up and californian poppies have shown themselves to be hardy and prolific in the redzone nearby. They are little flashes of brilliant colour in a muted landscape and we love to spot them, and other wee gems of flowery colour.
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