Flashbacks haunt victims after today’s Christchurch earthquake

  • South Island

It’s only 10 days away from the anniversary of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake as 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch today shortly after 1:00pm.

Only two days ago Mr Ian Bastion (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) received a resolution payment on his home damaged in the previous earthquake and as he walked out of an open home, he felt a sense of irony when today’s earthquake hit.

“Obviously people are having flashbacks and without playing it down, I would say today’s earthquake was a 4-5 out of 10, the last was definitely a 10,” says Mr Bastion.

Mr Bastion believes it’s probably a good thing he doesn’t own property right now, “There are so many major repercussions after an earthquake, we still have to demolish our old home and fix the retaining wall. The process has taken five years and it’s still going.”

His daughter Esther works at the Ballantynes Mall and told him merchandise fell off the shelves during the earthquake, and everyone was evacuated afterwards.

Ngāi Tahu papatipu delegates were meeting at Tuahiwi marae when the earthquake struck. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu's chief officer of operations, Mr Julian Wilcox told Te Kāea that the group gave special thanks to the wharenui, Mahaanui, after the quake for keeping them safe.     

He went on to say that information on each respective iwi in the region was still being sourced but at this stage they can confirm there no major incidents to report.