Don’t mind the gap!

Quake shakes up cultural ambitions and inspires a broken city


A few days ago, the New Zealand city of Christchurch experienced its 11,000th aftershock from two earthquakes, in September 2010 and February 2011, that killed 185 people and damaged the nation’s second city, home to 360,000 Kiwis, as New Zealanders call themselves.

It also severely damaged the city, causing grave concern over its future, with €9 billion of destruction, including the hospital, government offices and the TV station leaving thousands of buildings which...

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