“In the early hours of 4th September 2010, Christchurch residents were awoken
to a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, centred to the west of the city. Residents
experienced damage to homes and property, inconvenience from delays in
accessibility of services to parts of the city, and infrastructure damage. In the
months following, Canterbury residents experienced a large number of
aftershocks. However, the most significant aftershock occurred on February
22nd 2011, with a magnitude of 6.3. It was centred between Heathcote
Valley and Lyttleton communities, killed 185 people, and devastated large
parts of the city […] This is the story of how this community came together in an even greater way after the earthquakes and have faced the many challenges with courage, positivity, creativity. This is also the story of Heathcote Village Project, the community forum that became a central hub in this response.”
To read the whole story, click in the link below:
The story of the Heathcote community, Heathcote Village Project, and the Christchurch Earthquakes
Lots of projects have been initiated in Heathcote Valley over the last few years by a wide range of local people. Some of them have been compiled in the book Heathcote: the Upside.
Many others are waiting to be carried out – by you maybe? If you have an idea that can improve our community, we would love to hear about it and help you make it a reality.