Christchurch Then and Now Volume 3

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Christchurch and Canterbury are now in the 7th year of experiencing significant natural disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and floods. The region is changing with each disaster. The cities and towns are being rebuilt, and significant landmarks are reopening after extensive repairs. The Kaikoura Earthquake in 2016 dramatically changed the geographic layout of the South Island forever.

Christchurch Then and Now Volume 3 book takes the reader 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 has comparison photographs taken before and after the disasters, and updated from the same locations in 2017. It has 64 pages and 90% of the 155 images are new  to the series.

OUT OF STOCK!  Volume 4 coming August 2024 More info…

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Christchurch Then and Now Volume 3 book takes you on a visual journey of the region’s transformative seven years of natural disasters.

OUT OF STOCK!  Volume 4 coming August 2024 More info…


The Canterbury region of New Zealand, was devastated by violent earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, and Kaikoura in 2016. The Port Hills have been scarred by wildfires in 2017, and the aftermath of cyclones have caused flooding to various parts of the region. Despite all this, the region remains a beautiful part of the world.

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 and Kaiapoi many landmark buildings were also damaged beyond repair.

In 2017, 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 Then and Now Volume 3 documents the region’s transformative journey around post-earthquake Christchurch, Sumner, Lyttelton, 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.

Christchurch Then and Now Volume 3 includes Kaikoura

How does the city and outlying regions look now? And what did they look like before the devastating earthquakes?

In Spring 2017, Deb Donnell and friends took their cameras and revisted much loved pre-quake parts of the CBD, suburbs and outlying regions. She also travelled to Kaikoura via State Highway 1 Coastal Road, which is the world’s most beautiful and friendly construction zone.

The resulting photographs have been added to never seen before comparison images, and compiled into a full colour A4 size book to add to your Christchurch memorabilia collection.

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 trains and mentors people on content marketing and book publishing through her company, KESWiN™ Academy.


  • Christchurch Then and Now Volume 3
  • ISBN 978-0-9941130-6-1
  • 64 pages
  • 155 photographs
  • Publication Release Date: 14 November 2017
Weight570 g
Dimensions21 × 29.7 × .5 cm


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