Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 – Pre-Order

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About Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4

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.

Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 is now in production and will be available in print format in August 2024. 

We are producing limited quantities so pre-order yours now, and don’t miss out! 

Join Deb on a full colour tour of Christchurch CBD, New Brighton, residential red zone, Sumner, Lyttelton, Akaroa, Kaiapoi and Antarctica!

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 has 72 pages, 200 plus pages, and interesting facts about the locations featured in the book.

You can pre-order your copy now to add Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 to your Christchurch memorabilia collection, or to gift to loved ones who are following the region’s transformative journey.

Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 documents the city’s rebuild and transformative journey over the past fourteen 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.

Fourteen years later, the rebuild is progressing, with people returning to new offices and shops in the Central city. The Arts Centre and other landmarks have reopened after extensive repairs. Life is slowly returning to a new normal in many parts of the city and suburbs.

Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 is a documentary series comparing the changes to the urban, suburban and rural landscape over time. Each volume guides you on a visual journey around post-earthquake Christchurch, Sumner, Lyttelton, Akaroa, and other parts of the region. You can see how the city and outlying towns are rebuilding from the disasters and the impact upon the landscape caused by earthquakes, wildfires and flooding.

Bonus section! A few years back one of the Christchurch Earthquake survivors ventured down to the ice to spend a summer at Scott Base. His never before seen photos of his adventure are included in this book, as a tribute to Christchurch’s connection to Antarctica that dates back to the beginning of last century.

We are in production now!  Due for release in August 2024.

Like other small businesses who rely on the tourist industry, our income was severely impacted by the coronavirus emergency.  Furthermore, other events outside of our control had forced us to delay completing the photography and production of the 4th volume. The good news is that we are nearing completion of the fourth book in the series, and finished print copies will be available from August 2024.


We have a number of pre-orders for Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 already. Add your copy to the list and Deb will personally autograph it before we ship it in early August 2024.

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
72 pages
200 plus photographs (estimated)


Weight360 g
Dimensions32 × 22 × 1 cm
Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4Christchurch Then and Now Volume 4 – Pre-Order
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