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The role of Community Driven Recovery in Christchurch- Guest Post by Raven Cretney


I’m a researcher looking into the role of community driven recovery in Christchurch and the ways in which government hinders or encourages this.

I grew up in Christchurch and my family and I were affected by the earthquakes in the last three years. This experience has given me a passion for research that is focused on the community level response following a disaster.

I have set up an online interview platform so that people can share their thoughts and opinions on the rebuild and community involvement without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.

 If you are interested you can share your opinions here:

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Author: Sarah Miles

Trained as a lawyer, psychotherapist and mediator. My goal is to make my voice heard for the causes in which I believe so as to improve and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable society. I believe in the enormous power of the human spirit and the power within each of us to effect major change. "The only triumph over evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing".

4 thoughts on “The role of Community Driven Recovery in Christchurch- Guest Post by Raven Cretney

  1. I filled in this survey but found that as I worked my way through the questions that I felt as though I was being led up the garden path with patsy questions. None of us likes to be a negative whiner but this survey feels as though the results might be massaged and cherry picked so that CERA can use them for its next spin campaign. Anyway, I answered the questions with both barrels.


  2. I wish I had known. I just moved out for repairs and had to remove the curtains. The drycleaner said ” we can’ t have these here. I hope no one slept in a room with these.” She then cut the linings off the curtains which have been above my bed head. They were covered in thick black mould. I never open these curtains. They cover a stupid high window and keep out the cold. Maybe this accounts for my 3 year cough which has had every investigation known to medicine. Maybe the other weird physical symptoms. So tired of it all. So tired.


    • Lorraine you are one of many who have been in contact about the mould issue. I think it is probably widespread in Christchurch. I hope you can find something proactive to do with this new information.


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