Christchurch 4ED – Pre-Order

$30.43 excl. GST

Price includes shipping to New Zealand addresses, via Courier Post, OR partial shipping to international addresses (see below for more info).

About Christchurch 4ED (4th Edition)

Christchurch and Canterbury are on a transformative journey as the region recovers from significant natural disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and floods. The cities, towns and even highways are being rebuilt. As each year passes, more significant landmarks reopen after extensive repairs. The Kaikoura Earthquake in 2016 dramatically changed the geographic layout of the South Island and scenic coastal road forever.

Production of the Christchurch 4th Edition book is delayed until further notice, due to the coronavirus emergency. 

We hope to be able to produce limited quantities, or a digital version, once the Government lockdown is lifted. 

Join Deb on a full colour tour of Christchurch CBD, New Brighton, residential red zone, the Port Hills, Sumner, Lyttelton, Darfield, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, and Kaikoura.

The book will include comparison photographs taken before and after the disasters, and updated from the same locations in the months prior to publication. It is estimated to have 64 pages and over 70% of the images will be new  to the series.

You can still pre-order your copy now to add to your Christchurch memorabilia collection, or to gift to loved ones who are following the region’s transformative journey.

Shipping Notes: The Pre-Order price includes $10 shipping the physical product via Courier Post to NZ Addresses. For International Orders, shipping to your address via Airmail will be approx. $10-$20 extra, depending on where you are located. We’ll invoice you the difference prior to shipping the book (once we know the exact shipping costs).

Christchurch 4ED (4th Edition) documents the city’s rebuild and transformative journey over the past eight years, and beyond.

The Canterbury region of New Zealand, was devastated by violent earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, and Kaikoura in 2016. The Port Hills were scarred by wildfires in 2017. Despite these disasters, the region remains a beautiful part of the world.

As a result, the Central Business District (CBD) of Christchurch was hit particularly hard was hit particularly hard by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Many of the buildings had to be demolished, leaving blocks of land empty. In the outlying towns of Sumner, Lyttelton, Akaroa, Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Kaikoura many landmark buildings were also damaged beyond repair.

Eight years later, the rebuild is starting to progress, with people returning to new offices and shops in the Central city. The Arts Centre and other landmarks are reopening after extensive repairs. Life is slowly returning to a new normal in many parts of the city and suburbs.

Christchurch 4ED is a “then and now” comparison book. It guides you on a visual journey around post-earthquake Christchurch, Sumner, Lyttelton, Akaroa, Darfield, Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Kaikoura. You can see how the city and outlying towns are beginning to rebuild from the disasters and the impact upon the landscape caused by earthquakes, wildfires and flooding.


Unfortunately, due to the Government lockdown and the flow on effect on the economy, we have been forced to delay production of the 4th edition until further notice.

We are committed to producing this edition when we can.  However, it is undecided whether it will be in print or digital format.  This is due to the bulk of our customer base being visitors to Christchurch from around New Zealand and overseas. In addition, it takes a significant amount of capital to finance our usual print run.

Therefore, we are looking at options, such as printing on demand through an overseas service, or publishing in emagazine format.

Note:  One of our core principles is to use local suppliers, where possible, in order to keep the money in our local economy.  However, this may not be possible for the 4th edition.  We will endeavour to do our absolute best to adhere to our core principles.

Like other small businesses who rely on the tourist industry, our income has been severely impacted by the coronavirus emergency.  However, we consider ourselves extremely fortunately that other events outside of our control had forced us to delay completing the photography and production of the 4th edition.  We were about to begin taking photos in February 2020.  However, we were already having concerns about the spread of the virus, and the impact on tourism.  Had we not, we may be sitting locked down in our home surrounded by a few thousand copies of our book that we can’t sell, along with an invoice from the printer demanding payment.


We have a number of pre-orders already, and are committed to delivering them in due course.  As mentioned, we are looking at the finished format.  Either way, we will keep the book at the same price as advertised, as the printed version is our preference.   We intend to use an overseas-based print on demand service, which can ship directly to customers on our behalf.

Estimates for on-demand-printing with drop shipping indicate that we will make an extremely small profit-margin (if any) on the book (excluding any of our other production costs).  However, if you pre-order a copy now, we will keep the price the same regardless of where the book is being shipped to.

Note: This pre-order price includes shipping to all addresses, if we use the print-on-demand platform.

About the Author

Deb Donnell has lived most of her life in Christchurch, and spent much of that time growing up and working in the central City. She has written two other books on the Christchurch Earthquakes – Cafe Reflections: Christchurch City 1975-2012 (out of print), and, with Pete Seager, Responders: The NZ Volunteer Response Teams’ Christchurch Earthquake Deployments. Deb is committed to documenting the region’s rebuild with her Christchurch Then and Now series. Deb also mentors people on transformative journeys, through KESWIN™ Academy.

ISBN 978-0-9941130-7-8
64 pages (estimated)
155 photographs (estimated)

Page count and photograph quantities are estimated only. Final count could be more.
Publication Release Date: To be confirmed once the coronavirus emergency / Government restrictions have ended.
All pre-orders will be drop shipped from a print-on-demand service based outside of New Zealand.

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