Homebush emerges from ruins

23:22, Sep 03 2014
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake on Saturday morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
A Christchurch street after a massive earthquake hit this morning.
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A firefighter inspects a road near New Brighton.
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Damaged Baptist Church.
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A masked resident.
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Wrecked road, photo taken by a reader.
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Damaged road near New Brighton.
Christchurch earthquake - damaged road near New Brighton
Damaged road near New Brighton.
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A young resident in Christhurch's broken streets.
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Massive boulders have tumbled off Castle Rock in Christchurch's Port Hills.
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A bedroom on Sherbourne St, St Albans.
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Broken water mains create flooding around Wairoa Street in New Brighton.
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Angus Donaldson printers, Colombo Street, Sydenham.
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The earthquake caused damage to the Royal Hotel at Temuka.
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A child jumps in a crack in the road by Avonside Drive, Christchurch.
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Angus Donaldson printers, Colombo Street, Sydenham.
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The damaged Repertory Theatre on Kilmore St, Christchurch.
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Tourists wearing blankets watch the aftermath of the earthquake near the Square in Christchurch this morning.
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Quake map from GNS Sciences. The star is the epicentre, 40km west of Christchurch. The dots represent points where people felt the quake, from Orange (heavily damaging) to grey-blue (weakly felt).
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A car crushed by falling rubble from the earthquake.
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Star of the Sea Sumner Catholic Church.
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The clock in central Christchurch stopped at the time of the quake.
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This Merivale house lost part of its roof in Christchurch's earthquake.
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St John's Church, Latimer Square.
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A damaged bridge in Christchurch.
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Listing power poles on Avonside Drive, Christchurch.
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Train tracks near Railway Rd by Rolleston were damaged by the earthquake.
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A house in near the Homebush area not far from the epicentre at Darfield.
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An aerial shot of a flooded street in New Brighton.
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Christchurch mayor Bob Parker, left, takes Prime Minister John Key on a tour of the city following the quake.
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A fire that broke out in Christchurch as Prime Minister John Key toured the city following the quake.
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Prime Minister John Key, centre and MP John Carter tour Christchurch following the quake.
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Bottles lie scattered and smashed in an aisle of Fendalton New World following the earthquake.
A road near spencerville is buckled following the Canterbury earthquake.
A road near spencerville is buckled following the Canterbury earthquake.
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Tony Everett with earthquake damage to his new New Brighton house.
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Darfield man Craig Smith with earthquake damage to farm paddocks near Christchurch.
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New Brighton petrol station owner Sam Park looks over earthquake damage.
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Earthquake damage to roads near Darfield.
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Earthquake damage to a car in Christchurch.
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Earthquake damage to roads near Darfield.
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An earthquake-damaged swing bridge over the Kaiapoi River near Christchurch.
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Workers remove a damaged spire from St. Mary's Anglican Church in Timaru following the earthquake.
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Di & Craig Roberts refuse to look at their earthquake-damaged house near Darfield.
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Taking refuge at Linwood College, the McLeod family are to scared to go back to their house.
St Paul’s School and Parish Church in Dallington.
St Paul’s School and Parish Church in Dallington.
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CRACKED: Blenheim women Debbie Karaka and her daughter Kelsey Karaka, 19, inspect a crack at St Paul's School, Dallington, Christchurch.
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NIP AND TUCK: Sarah Baxter and her sister Nicola look at a slump on highway 77 between Glenroy and Glentunnel that closed the road.
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REDUCED TO RUBBLE: Deans Homestead at Homebush lies in ruins after Saturday's earthquake.
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FALLING DOWN: Deans Homestead at Homebush lies in ruins after Saturday's earthquake.
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FLATTENED: A smashed car sits on Lichfield St after Saturday's earthquake.
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BRICK BY BRICK: A car smashed on Manchester St by Struthers Lane in Christchurch.
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FACELIFT: Earthquake damage at the corner of Manchester St and Worcester St in Christchurch.
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TOILET STOP: Shops on Colombo St between Kilmore St and Peterborough St were damaged in the earthquake.
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A building inspector puts a yellow ticket (restricted use) on the Octagon restaurant on corner of Manchester St and Worcester St.
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A building is tagged as condemned on Barbadoes Street.
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A unit of about 15 New Zealand Territorial Army soldiers prepare to sandbag a broken pumping station in New Brighton to stop water pouring into neighbouring properties.
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St Albans Sea Foods shop all but demolished.
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Shops on the corner of Cranford St and Westminster St were torn down on Monday.
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Sharon Everett in her Kokopu Lane, Bexley home. The house has been undermined.
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Damage around Kokopu Lane in Bexley in the residence of Janet and Don Dalley. The house is in an area being evacuated because the houses are unstable.
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Vanessa Walsh and her son Corey in their Waireka Lane, Bexley, home which cracked through the floor.
Christine Collins is moving out of her home on Avonside Drive.
Christine Collins is moving out of her home on Avonside Drive.
Army troops assist police in central Christchurch.
Army troops assist police in central Christchurch.
Collapsed shelving and stacked goods at the Foodstuffs Distribution Centre in Hornby.
Collapsed shelving and stacked goods at the Foodstuffs Distribution Centre in Hornby.
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Removal of the flagpole and Wrought Iron lattice work from the spire on top of the 110 year old Press building.
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Religious figurines are removed from the broken St Pauls Cathedral in the Christchurch suburb of Dallington.
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A GNS Science graphic showing the earthquake fault trace.
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HELP AT HAND: Jean Sparks, 89, is lifted up the stairs at Addington Raceway by firefighters.
Catholic Basilica after Canterbury earthquake
The Catholic Basilica hasn't suffered to much damage while the building on the corner of St Asaph and Barbadoes Street is condemned.
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Rob Souness of Weedons Eggs suffered serious damage to his hen house and lost 3000 of his 26,000 chickens.
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MEN AT WORK: Demolition workers on the corner of Manchester and Worcester streets.
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GOING DOWN: A building on Victoria St is demolished.
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ANYWHERE BUT HERE: Rachel Hood, of Darfield, with Izra, 3, and Jasmine, 1, at Christchurch Airport. Ms Hood is sending them out of the city to give them some respite. 'They're not happy. They don't sleep a lot.'
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UNSAFE: The Jacobsen Tile building (formerly Maddison's Pub) on the corner of Moorhouse Ave and Montreal St has its cornice work demolished.
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THIRSTY WORK: Lion Nathan workers have been cleaning up their warehouse in St Asaph St.
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The main trunk railway line near Woodford Glen in north Canterbury.
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Volunteers help empty the Jane Daniels shop as other buildings on the street are demolished.
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DELUGE OF BOOKS: Canterbury University's central library is in disarray after Saturday's earthquake.
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A man walks in a large earthquake crack in the ground at Kaiapoi near Christchurch.
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This graphic show a model of aftershocks predicted by scientists in coming days, tapering off from Saturday's major 7.1 earthquake.
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The Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church on Papanui road having its Spire carefully removed for restoration work.
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The City council-owned Shoreham Courts in New Brighton are being evacuated against the wishes of some residents. Pictured is Lorraine Burrows, centre left, her son, Jamie, 8, left, Charllisa Sutton-Taylor and Oceana Rawiri at right.

The reincarnation of the historic Deans family homestead Homebush is nearly complete.

The ancestral home of Canterbury pioneers William and John Deans came crashing down in the 7.1-magnitude shake on September 4, 2010.

The ruins, near Darfield, became a defining image of that quake.

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DESTROYED HERITAGE: Homebush was one of many buildings destroyed in 2010 by the September 4 earthquake. Its reincarnation is nearly complete.

Four years on, builders are now putting the finishing touches to the new two-storey home, which has been situated east of the original site.

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Many hours of planning have been spent to ensure the family's vision of a "good house for 100 years time" was met.

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New Homebush takes shape
TAKING SHAPE: Work is underway to replace the Dean family homestead, near the site of the quake-hit Homebush.

Elements of the former homestead have been incorporated into the new home, including the wooden staircase, a Deans family member said.

Four members of the family, who were living in the home at the time of the quake, escaped without injury, despite part of the second floor collapsing on to the drawing room below.

A balcony above the veranda also collapsed.

That building was levelled about two months later and planning for its replacement began.

Five generations of the Deans family have farmed Homebush since 1851.

They leased and then bought 13,350 hectares.

In 1906, the Government split up all the big runs, and Homebush was divided among six brothers.

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