Christchurch NZ – A Transformative Journey

Christchurch NZ documents the transformative journey of the city and Canterbury Region. The city’s central business district was severely damaged by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. This resulted in much of the city being demolished post-earthquake. It is slowly being rebuilt, with a new way of living, playing, and working emerging.

The natural beauty of the region still remains, and provides a backdrop for residents and visitors alike.

Deb Donnell documents and shares:

  • photographs taken before and after the earthquakes
  • her stories and reflections on life in Christchurch,
  • information about places to explore,
  • observations on the changing urban landscape,
  • and lots more.

Deb has published several books on the Canterbury region’s transformative journey, including:

  • Christchurch NZ Then and Now Series
  • Responders: The New Zealand Volunteer Response Teams Christchurch Earthquake Deployments (with Pete Seager)
  • Cafe Reflections: Christchurch City 1975-2012

Join Deb and her guests as they create and share past, current and future Christchurch NZ related projects.

Manage Covid 19 Stress Tips

How to Manage Covid-19 Stress

How to Manage Covid-19 Stress is an article updated from a Café Reflection I wrote on 21 January 2011.  The original title was “What can you do about your quake stress?”  For the reason that Canterbury had ongoing trauma from the 4 September 2010 Darfield Earthquake.  Little did I (or anyone else) know that a …

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Feeling Overwhelm with Covid-19 Impact

I’m feeling overwhelm.  In fact, I’m having a hard time today with what is happening in the world regarding Coronavirus.  As I search within and without for strength and courage, I remembered seeing this article by Scott Berinato titled “That Discomfit Your Feeling is Grief”.  So I thought I’d share it with you. Some key …

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Acronym for Fear

Acronym for Fear Factual Evidence Analyse Respond

Most people think of the acronym for FEAR being “False Evidence Appearing Real”.  The consequences of thinking this way keeps you stuck and unable to move forward.  As a result, you focus and feed your imagination on the negatives.  Consequently, feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and paralysis are generated. For example, take the info-pandemic that has …

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Seeking Certainty

Desperately Seeking Certainty

I’m Desperately Seeking Certainty.  Okay, not so much the desperately bit! I chose the headline to attract the Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers who follow me to this post. Because the world we grew up in, the 70s, 80s and 90s, has well and truly gone. The times they are a changin’ … yet again. And …

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Christchurch Mosque Attack

Christchurch Mosque Attack Reflections

The Christchurch Mosque Attack brought terrorism onto the city’s doorstep on March 15, 2019. Firstly, my heart goes to the victims, the survivors at the mosques on 15 March 2019.   I am extending my sympathies to the families that lost their loved ones.  The dignified response of the Muslim communities in New Zealand and around …

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22 February

February 22, 2019 Reflections

World Thinking Day / Christchurch Earthquake 8th Anniversary This date has been a day of reflection for as long as I can remember.  As a child, I was a Brownie, and a Girl Guide, and so this was Thinking Day (now known as World Thinking Day) for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  February 22 was …

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Unexpected Disaters

3 Entrepreneurship Tips: Surviving Unexpected Disasters

What happens to your entrepreneurial endeavours when unexpected disasters or major events hit you? These are seldom expected, arrive when you can least afford them, and create an overwhelming level of stress. Most solo entrepreneurs or small businesses sink all of their resources into their ventures. Time, energy, capital and cashflow is more often than …

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For the Wildfire Evacuees of Alberta and British Columbia

To be wildfire evacuees in Alberta and British Columbia is to be part of a devastating, mass trauma event. The Canadian wildfire evacuees are running for their lives. They face an uncertain future. They do not know when they can go home. They do not know what they will find. They fled with very little, …

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Christchurch Earthquake 5th Anniversary Reflection

Please note: At the time of the earthquakes, and in the first two years after, I ran a website under the domain name CafeReflections.com. I posted many articles and images about my Canterbury Earthquake experiences there. In recent times I have been rebranding my websites and the CafeReflections.com domain is no longer owned by me. …

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Christchurch City Libraries

Christchurch City Libraries Book Review

Christchurch City Libraries reviews books by Deb Donnell – Cafe Reflections and Responders, both focusing on the Christchurch Earthquakes. They are two very interesting books with a unique perspective on the earthquakes and Christchurch. About Cafe Reflections: “This is not merely a book of cafe reviews, it also tells the vivid and painful story of …

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ABC 360 Documentaries

Deb Donnell on ABC 360 Documentaries

360 Documentaries (ABC Radio Australia), interviewed me in June 2013 about my books, Café Reflections: Christchurch City 1975-2012 and Responders: The New Zealand Volunteer Response Teams Christchurch Deployments (co-authored with Pete Seager). You can listen to 360 Documentaries on ABC’s website – click here. My portion of the documentary starts at 35:40 minutes in and ends …

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Sounds Historical

Sounds Historical Interview 19 June 2011

Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan on Radio New Zealand interview from 19 June 2011. I was interviewed about the book I was working on at the time of the February 2011 earthquakes, Café Reflections. This programme gives listeners their chance to learn about the colourful, dramatic, and often remarkable events and people of New Zealand’s …

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