Book of photos a record of the Seddon quakes

00:02, Aug 13 2014
Marlborough Research Centre
HISTORY: Marie Flowerday with her book of pictures taken after the Seddon earthquakes last year.

A Seddon woman has compiled a photographic timeline of events since last year's earthquakes that will be launched at an anniversary event on Saturday.

The day marks one year since the magnitude 6.6 quake, the larger of the two earthquakes that jolted the region last year.

Marie Flowerday captured some of the first images following the quake, and photographs of the damage and the cleanup which followed soon piled up.

When they added up to thousands on her computer, Flowerday's husband Ross suggested she put them into a book to record the moments for future reference.

"It's only a moment in time and everything changed the next day, people cleaned up," she said.

About 500 books have been printed and it will be officially launched at a community day, Event 365 Moving On, at the Seddon Domain on Saturday.


Following months of work, Flowerday admits she is pleased to have the book completed.

"The day I handed it to the printer I was pleased. I did a lot of it in the middle of the night, but it was a good way to wind down," she said.

She had always loved photography, and the book includes pictures of house and building repairs, and public events during the past 12 months that had held the community together.

Event 365 Moving On will also be a celebration of the way emergency services, and the Awatere, Seddon, Ward and Flaxbourne communities worked together after the earthquakes.

As the co-ordinator of the Awatere Community Centre, she had been organising the event in conjunction with the Marlborough District Council, emergency services and government agencies.

They had pulled together static and interactive displays to show how to deal with emergency situations in future, she said.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said there had been good progress in restoring services but many people were still recovering one year on.

Saturday's event will include stage music, a vertical bungy, inflatable aircraft, face painting, food, coffee, prizes and giveaways. It runs from 11am until 3pm.

The Marlborough Express