Reflections on quake anniversary

Last updated 13:01 11/02/2012
Dust clouds over Christchurch just after the February 22 quake taken by Gilly Needham from her home in the Cashmere Hills.
Gilly Needham

Dust clouds over Christchurch just after the February 22 quake taken by Gilly Needham from her home in the Cashmere Hills. Copies of this photo are available from

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Few Kiwis will ever forget February 22, 2011.

At 12.51pm, the Christchurch earthquake devastated New Zealand's Garden City, killing more than 180 people, destroying many homes and heritage buildings and affecting tens of thousands of citizens. 

The earthquake brought a city to its knees and broke a nation's heart. It was a disaster beyond comprehension that ruined countless lives. Hopes faded and dreams crumbled, much like that once-mighty cathedral.

The little boy who never made it to his six-month birthday. The brother who was due to give his sister away at her wedding. The father who left home to get groceries, never to return to his wife and their children. 

We want to collect your reflections of that day for our special anniversary project, to remind the nation of the events of that day and to stand as a historical archive.

What was your personal experience? How did your day begin and how did it end? 

Whether you were in Christchurch or not, we want you to take us back to February 22 and walk us through your journey of New Zealand's darkest day.  Tell us your story, in words or pictures or video.

It was a moment that Christchurch designer Gilly Needham captured from her Cashmere Hills home when she took this photo of the collasping city just moments after the deadly quake. Copies of this photograph are available from

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