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Kete Christchurch - A city in 10,000 images

by Moata Tamaira

Last month Kete Christchurch, an online digital repository hosted by APNK, reached a milestone when its 10,000th image* was uploaded.

Christchurch is a city that has changed a lot in recent years and this is reflected in the photographs that locals have placed into Kete Christchurch. There are plenty of photos of broken streets and buildings, fenced off areas, and road cones to be found as well as older pictures of Christchurch as it was which are now more poignant than ever.

The record of earthquakes and recovery and everything that goes along with that has been captured and preserved in Kete Christchurch and is able to be shared with the wider community. It's a tool that has certainly proved its worth over the last couple of years and it's a testament to the work put in by staff at Christchurch City Libraries, and in particular Paul Sutherland that it's been as successful as it has.

In celebration of Kete Christchurch reaching the 10,000 image milestone, I took a trawl through the collection of photos and chose some of my favourite earthquake related images. There are plenty of heritage images available in Kete Christchurch too, but the photos from this period of Christchurch's history, especially as captured by the people who have lived through the earthquakes, have a certain resonance that's hard to deny.

Demolition of Robertsons Bakery September

Demolition of Robertsons Bakery September 8, 2010 (CityScape) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

A huge piece of machinery delicately rescues a chandelier from a building on Victoria St in the midst of demolition.

Black earthquake humour in New Brighton

Black earthquake humour in New Brighton (Kete Site Admin) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

A ubiquitous portaloo, trucked in in their thousands post-quake to supplement the city's ailing sewerage system gets a bit of "rebranding" from a sardonic local.

 A damaged car sits astride rubble. Bealey Avenue and Colombo Street intersection by the Red Zone cordon. Christchurch, 8 March 2011

A damaged car sits astride rubble. Bealey Avenue and Colombo Street intersection by the Red Zone cordon. Christchurch, 8 March 2011 (Tim Baird) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Just the sort of strange sight you got used to immediately following the February quakes.

DSCF3702 Bare Your Bum EQ Protest

Bare Your Bum EQ Protest (Gina Hubert) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

In December 2012, New Brighton residents staged an unusual protest aimed at getting the city leaders to take notice of the seaside suburb which had been hit hard by the quakes and which residents felt had been largely forgotten in the Christchurch rebuild. Some photocopied "stunt bums" were employed for those to shy to bare their own.

Domestic interior 2

Domestic interior 2 (KeteScape) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 

Broken china and glassware - at one point an all too common occurrence in Christchurch homes.

 Quake inspired graffiti on Worcester Boulevard 7.10.10

Quake inspired graffiti on Worcester Boulevard 7.10.10 (Tim Baird) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

A message of defiance scrawled in chalk a few days after the first earthquake of 4 September 2010.

 Welcome to...

Welcome to... (Pat Mock) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

The 'Brooklands' section of this Welcome sign was taken after it was announced that the suburb would be red zoned (ie not suitable to be rebuilt on). A poignant sign to a community which will be wiped off the map.

 

*Regular readers may remember that we celebrated a similar landmark last year when Kete New Plymouth reached 10,000 total items.

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2013

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