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A special feature of the book is the many messages contributed by well-known Cantabrians, including the Prime Minister, Mayor Bob Parker, Dan Carter, Sir Richard Hadlee and Richie McCaw, as well as Christchurch and Canterbury citizens from all walks of life, on what they love about their city and their vision for its future. Canterbury people usually keep their feelings hidden behind a stoic attitude to life but in this book they offer the reader a glimpse of the deep passion and love they hold for their region.
About the author:
“Christchurch dreaming is a book created by Cantabrians, or people who have called it home. It seeks to remind us of what we still have to enjoy here, and why we love it. We will create a beautiful city by building on the strong foundations of our past. By combining this with our great people and wonderful ideas, we can create an even richer future. That is Christchurch dreaming.” ― Mary Hobbs
A percentage of the sales of Christchurch Dreaming will be donated to a Christchurch earthquake relief charity.
Above picture - What do I love about Christchurch? Running on the Port Hills as the sun rises, with the soft morning light reflecting on the snow-covered foothills, the city just starting to wake below. Seeing tall buildings in the distance and knowing that the heart of our city will beat again.
I am confident that the people of our city care about each other and the future of our region. The Kiwi ‘can do’ attitude will see us through if we just keep talking to each other and sharing our collective vision for what this city is, and will be, for us.
Roger SuttonChief Executive - Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)
Above picture - Christchurch holds a special place in my heart. I was born in a small country town not
many miles from the Big Smoke. I grew up by the beach, in the sheltered hand of the Port Hills. I grew up knowing I was home when I could see the cherry blossoms waving and dancing alongside Hagley Park, and smell the waft of freshly mown grass on a Canterbury nor’wester. From above, the view of the endless Canterbury Plains, joining the sea with the mountains, calls to me when I arrive home again. No matter how far the travels have taken me, these sights, these views, are the image of home.
My most vivid memories of Christchurch are of my days at St Andrew’s. I laughed, lived and grew. I rowed on the Avon, biked through the centre of the city and spent weekend days lounging on the green grass of the fields that seemed to stretch on forever. There was always a sense of history. History in its truest sense, as a part of the past, and history in its more evolving sense, as today’s present becoming tomorrow’s past.
The prospect of the rebuild brings exciting opportunities for a clean, green and thoroughly modern city that recognizes and values its heritage. Our history is not contained within rubble, it is ever present in our collective memory and experiences. Those continued experiences and determination to maintain a living history will result in a city that holds on to the past while resolutely looking forward to a new future.
Poppie Gerber - High School English Teacher. Ski Patroller, Mount Hutt