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Christchurch and Canterbury are now in the 7th year of experience significant natural disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and floods. The region is changing with each disaster. The cities and towns are being rebuilt, and significant landmarks are reopening after extensive repairs.

Christchurch Then and Now, 2017 Edition takes the reader on a full colour tour of Christchurch CBD, the outlying suburbs and North Canterbury towns, comparing photographs taken before the 2011 earthquake, and updated from the same locations in 2017. It has 56 pages and all new  comparison images.

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Christchurch 2017 documents the city’s rebuild and transformative journey over the past seven years of natural disasters.

The Canterbury region of New Zealand, was devastated by violent earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, and Kaikoura in 2016. The Port Hills have been scarred by wildfires in 2017, and the aftermath of cyclones have caused flooding to various parts of the region.

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 and Kaiapoi many landmark buildings were also damaged beyond repair.

Six years later, the rebuild is starting to progress, with people returning to new offices and shops in the Central city. The Arts Centre and other landmarks are reopening after extensive repairs. Life is slowly returning to a new normal in many parts of the city and suburbs. In other areas, life is still on hold awaiting decisions from government organisations and insurance companies.

Christchurch 2017, New Zealand then and now comparison book takes you on a visual journey around post-earthquake Christchurch, Sumner, Lyttelton, Akaroa, , Hanmer, Kaikoura, Rangiora and Kaiapoi. You can see how the city and outlying towns are beginning to rebuild from the disasters and the impact upon the landscape caused by earthquakes, wildfires and flooding.

A Journey Through

North Canterbury and Christchurch 2017

How does the city and outlying regions look now? And what did they look like before the devastating earthquakes?

In 2017, Deb Donnell and friends took their cameras and revisted much loved pre-quake parts of the CBD, suburbs and outlying towns. The resulting photographs are then placed next to the pre-quake images, allowing the reader to compare then and now.


As a thank you from us for ordering your copy while the book is in production, we are taking $10 off the RRP. Only pay NZ$15.00 + Shipping instead of NZ$25.00 + Shipping!

Note: This price includes New Zealand’s GST, so if your shipping address is outside of New Zealand, you will be charged excluding GST (NZ$13,04 + Shipping). We’ll ship your book HOT off the press, so you get it before the book stores do. And Deb will personally autograph your first edition copy too!

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 annual Christchurch Then and Now series. Deb also trains and mentors people on content marketing and book publishing through her company, Writing Diamonds Ltd.


  • ISBN 978-0-9941130-6-1
  • 56 pages (estimated)
  • 144 photographs (estimated)


  • Cover is a draft only – final cover may be different.
  • Page count and photograph quantities are estimated only. Final count could be more.
  • Publication Release Date: 4 October 2017 (7th anniversary of the Canterbury Earthquake)
  • All pre-orders will be shipped HOT off the press in September 2017, before the book reaches the book stores.
  • Deb will personally autograph your first edition copy too.


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