Community Collection

The Community Collection brings together material from a wide variety of organisations and individuals. It includes photographs and writing from members of the public, as well as video and audio captured live at the time of the earthquakes.

Last updated
2:32pm 25th October 2017
Type
Collection
Identifier
qsr-collection:267

38 items


Julia Holden's Artwork
Julia Holden's Artwork
Julia Holden received her Fine Arts degree from Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, before moving to Melbourne to complete a Master of Fine Arts by Research at Monash University in 2011. Holden is currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the earthquake devastation she encountered after relocating from Melbourne has now focused her attention on finding ways to meaningfully contribute to the restoration of this city. This collection includes documentation of various painting projects that Julia has completed over the last three years, and photographs of Christchurch post-earthquake. More of Julia's artwork can be found at her website: www.juliaholden.com.
Contains 4 items
Leslie McKay's Writing
Leslie McKay's Writing
This collection holds poems by Christchurch writer Leslie McKay about the Canterbury earthquakes. Leslie writes, "I'm a poet, Christchurch born and bred. My work is informed by landscapes from inner city Christchurch to South Brighton where I lived before the earthquakes. The Pirate House evolved from the aftermath of the February quake when I saw my flatmates ukelele sitting beside the front door, alone and vulnerable as Pirate Girl became. The piano had long been consigned to the garage and my flatmate said the quakes would eject any boarders, hedgehogs for example, which made us laugh on those disturbing incomprehensible days. Notes From The Catastrophe is my record of places loved now lost, from the elegant houses boarded up on the corner of Madras and Chester Streets to Templar Street, off River Road in Avonside, where my grandmother lived and my father grew up. It was one of the sweetest places on earth to my brother and I. We met there to touch base at the end of last summer and as we sat on the concrete apron of the pump house a passer by told us the houses were to be demolished. Nothing is sacred in Christchurch any more, not even democracy. But we have our memories, love, creativity and integrity. Kia Kaha.
Contains 2 items
Mark Lincoln's Photographs and Videos
Mark Lincoln's Photographs and Videos
Photographs, video, and blog posts by Mark Lincoln. Mark says, "At the time of the earthquakes, I was working in the city centre and living amongst the worst hit suburbs in the east of Christchurch. Despite that, my wife and I were very lucky. Neither of us were hurt, our house had minimal damage, and - once the power had returned - I was even able to carry on working from home. My job involves Social Media and so I spent a lot of time on Twitter, joining the stream of '#eqnz' updates about the quakes and helping answer questions from those outside of Canterbury who were desperate for information (including people who hadn't heard from their own family and friends). As I had a blog (at www.nzraw.co.nz) and a camera, I figured I'd help broadcast some images and stories to those who were searching for information online. At the time, international news channels were broadcasting the absolute worst of the damage and suffering and my family and friends back in the UK were pretty frantic with worry, pretty much believing that we were living in a pile of rubble. One of my early videos was actually just to show them that our house was still standing and we were alive and well! Following the first post on nzraw.co.nz, I saw a big increase in traffic from those looking for information and photos so I ended up just carrying on and still post the odd update or two. My photos have now appeared in studies around the world as well as TV documentaries including a production by National Geographic. I was very honoured when the University of Canterbury contacted me to add my collection to their archive to benefit others. All quite humbling and all simply because I was in the wrong place at the right time!"
Contains 3 items
One Voice Te Reo Kotahi
One Voice Te Reo Kotahi
This collection contains documents, blog posts and other material from One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK). OVTRK has over 100 organisations on its Register, which represent communities of place, identity and interest. It does not speak for - but rather, from - the Third Sector, identifying issues spanning the sector and allowing the voices of organisations that have not been formed by Government or Commerce to be heard and taken into account.
Contains 2 items
Raymond Morris's Paintings
Raymond Morris's Paintings
Digital copies of pen and ink and watercolour paintings of heritage buildings, painted by Christchurch artist Raymond Morris. Raymond Morris is a New Zealand artist who lives in Christchurch but works internationally, and specializes in painting heritage buildings in pen and ink and watercolours. In recent years he has completed a series on 'Heritage English Public Houses', as well as presently working on paintings of '100 Classic Homes of Canterbury'. Digital copies of these paintings will in due course be offered to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for their archives. He has also contributed illustrations to New Zealand book titles including ‘Lancaster Park, a History’, ‘Timaru at Last, Arrival of the Strathallan’, and ‘Christchurch Buildings Watercolour Collection’ for which he donated the digital copies of the paintings to the Nurse Maude Hospice for their fundraising. As well as painting many fine buildings of the present era, one of his great passions is recreating, in a colour painting, the historic buildings of bygone years. Due to the 2010/2011 earthquakes he has and is still working on painting many of the familiar buildings which were around Christchurch prior to the earthquakes and have now disappeared. Fortunately he had an extensive photographic record of city buildings as an aid in painting the missing buildings. Most of his historic photographs from previous extensive travels are now with the National Museum of Australia and the Alexander Turnbull Library in New Zealand. Other paintings may be accessed on his website www.raymondmorrisnzartist.com.
Contains 83 items
Silkannthreades: About the little things in life
Silkannthreades: About the little things in life
Entries from Gallivanta's blog, "Silkannthreades: About the little things in life" (http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com). Gallivanta writes, "This blog has three main purposes: to communicate our daily life to our family all over the world; to explore the theme of Joy & Woe as expressed by William Blake in Auguries of Innocence; to counterbalance the woe caused by the four large earthquakes and the 12,500 after shocks (to date) our city has experienced since the first big shake on September 4, 2010. (The earthquakes destroyed the centre of the city and damaged many many other properties in the suburbs. Although the big things have changed and continue to change, the little things prevail and bring joy.)" Gallivanta is an alumna of the University of Canterbury, graduating in 1978 with a BA in French and German. Note that the blog posts have been converted to PDF format for archiving, which may have resulted in changes to the formatting and layout of the pages.
Contains 66 items
South Island Writers' Association Collection
South Island Writers' Association Collection
The South Island Writers' Association (SIWA) is a Christchurch based writing group which meets monthly to hone their writing and discuss issues related to publishing. Established in 1963, SIWA was originally called the 'Christchurch Writers' Circle' with Dame Ngaio Marsh as the patron. Today, the group holds more than sixty members from Christchurch, Karamea, Nelson, Akaroa and Oamaru. They promote and run a number of literary competitions and events to foster the art of writing in New Zealand. This collection contains stories from SIWA members written about the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
Contains 3 items
Steve Taylor's Photographs and Video
Steve Taylor's Photographs and Video
Photographs, video, and digital images of the earthquake damage and demolitions around Christchurch, created by Steve Taylor.
Contains 2 items
Sue Davidson's Blog: DORA - Mobile Digital Learning Centre
Sue Davidson's Blog: DORA - Mobile Digital Learning Centre
Entries from Sue Davidson's blog, "DORA - Mobile Digital Learning Centre" (http://doradigitalbus.blogspot.co.nz). Sue writes, "With funding support from InternetNZ, 2020 Communications Trust has converted a beautiful old school bus into a hi-tech mobile learning centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dora was purchased from Central Motorways Ltd in Alexandra where she had operated as a school bus since 1985. The idea was to reinvent her as a mobile digital learning centre, to support our Stepping Up classes in Christchurch, as since the quakes, venues at schools have been limited, and transport often unreliable. With an independent mobile learning centre, we can take our digital learning to any venue."
Contains 61 items
Sue Davidson's Blog: Mural Madness in Brighton
Sue Davidson's Blog: Mural Madness in Brighton
Entries from Sue Davidson's blog, "Mural Madness in Brighton" (http://muralmadnessinbrighton.blogspot.co.nz). Sue writes, "Brighton is a beautiful seaside suburb in Christchurch, New Zealand which has been severely hit by the earthquakes that have haunted Christchurch over the last couple of years. Many buildings in its main shopping mall are due to come down as they are structurally unsound. As a result, there are many bare walls and vacant lots. Mural Madness was launched on Saturday 3 November 2012, by Lianne Dalziel, MP. The intention being to beautify Brighton with magnificent murals. Artists from all over the world have participated and contributed, making Brighton an interesting artistic venue. The work continues...This blog follows the evolution of Mural Madness in Brighton."
Contains 49 items
The Church in the Quakes Te Hāhi i Ngā Rūwhenua
The Church in the Quakes Te Hāhi i Ngā Rūwhenua
The Church in the Quakes Te Hāhi i Ngā Rūwhenua is a project undertaken by author Melissa Parsons. The aim was to document the experiences of Christchurch churches and their congregations during the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. From August 2012 to December 2013, Parsons surveyed more than 90 churches in the Christchurch region, and conducted 50 interviews with individuals from 17 denominations. These stories were later published in her book, Rubble to Ressurrection: Churches Respond in the Canterbury Quakes. This collection holds transcripts of many of the interviews from this project. Where possible, audio and video files have also been added to the collection.
Contains 13 items
The Shaken Heart: Earthquake stories from the heart of Lyttelton
The Shaken Heart: Earthquake stories from the heart of Lyttelton
"The Shaken Heart" was a project conducted by Bettina Evans, a member of the Lyttleton Community, after the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. The aim of the project was to record the earthquake stories of Lyttelton residents, creating a kaleidoscope of stories specific to Lyttelton. This collection holds audio recordings of participants' interviews taken after either the September 2010 or February 2011 earthquake. The September interviews were recorded between one and six weeks after the quake, and the February interviews were recorded between three and eight weeks after the quake. Links to the transcript of each interview can also be found in the description of each audio file.
Contains 20 items