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New Zealand: Photos from Christchurch Tram

Christchurch Tram City Tour

The Christchurch tram is a good way to get acquainted with the downtown area. They also offer a four course dinner. We might do that next time.

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New Zealand: Black Billed Gulls nesting in Christchurch

Black billed gulls and chicks

One of the buildings that came down in the earthquake in Christchurch is now the home to a sizable black billed gull colony. They don’t usually nest this far inland, so it’s exciting to see. Black billed gulls are the most endangered of all gulls. You can only find them in New Zealand.

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New Zealand: The Christchurch Earthquake: Unexpected Conflicts and Congregations

Christchurch Anglican Cathedral ruins

In 2011, Christchurch experienced a devastating earthquake that left 185 people dead and destroyed much of the center of town. As the city started its recovery, local businesses created a shopping mall out of shipping containers. They sprang up organically, and according to many locals, they gave the shopping area a unique appeal providing Christchurch with something that few other places in the world could boast about. There was a debate about the area, but in the end, the city planning committee decided to remove the containers and build a new shopping mall. Those containers are gone.

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