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Loving the Christchurch life

TANIA SEWARD
Last updated 10:30 28/08/2014
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OPEN AIR: Part of the reason Tania and her husband moved to Christchurch was to spend more time outdoors.

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In May 2013, my husband and I packed our lives into a 20-foot container and moved 1000km from Auckland to Christchurch.

The reasons were twofold: we wanted to buy a house, and we wanted to spend more time in the outdoors.

Arriving in Christchurch was something of a culture shock. I was expecting the broken buildings and the thousands of road cones. I wasn't expecting the constant references to the earthquakes in the media, in advertising and in everyday conversations.

It's understandable given the scale of the damage and the rebuild effort, and everyone has their own story to tell.

There is no denying that housing down here is expensive - but you still get more house for your money than in Auckland. 

We lived in a friend's garage that first winter and saved enough (plus our Kiwisaver funds) to buy a two-bedroom unit in an area with very minor damage.  

We took over the previous owner's small EQC and insurance claims and were paid out within six months of buying the house.

We're excited to be living in a city that is thriving. Places like Thai Container, Volstead and Dux Dine are all post-quake arrivals and the atmosphere is great. 

Every time I go into the central city, a new building has sprung up or a repair job has been completed. Most of our friends have moved here from elsewhere to take up brand new jobs that didn't exist before the rebuild started.

We spend our weekdays working and our weekends tramping in Arthur's Pass, mountain biking in Lewis Pass or road tripping to Mt Cook, Dunedin and Nelson.

Sure the road detours can be annoying, and the politics are frustrating - but Christchurch is home now, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.

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