On Sunday we went to church in the morning and then boarded a Jet Star plane to go from Wellington to Christchurch. The forecast called for rain all through the week and they were correct for Sunday. It was raining when we arrived in Christchurch and continually increased until by night we all needed canoes to transverse the streets. We didn't have a car so it was quite an adventure.
While walking to the center of town we passed the archives in Christchurch. There was two sister missionaries (Sister Chelius and Sister Nation) who worked there also filming probate records.
In 2011 there was a major earthquake in Christchurch and now the center of town looks like a war zone and is blocked off and referred to as the red zone. This was a famous cathedral in which it was debated whether the town should try to save it or demolish it. The cost was too great for renovation so it is now being demolished.
Outside of the red zone there has now been built a Recycle Mall (also referred to as a Pop Up Mall) where they have brought in storage containers and have erected stores so that business can go on as usual.
They are very creative in their use of the containers and it was amazing to see these next to the destruction in the red zone.