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.
PRODUCTION IS DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…CHRISTCHURCH 4ED
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.
PRE-ORDERS ARE WELCOME
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.
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.