Quake pledges go online

Last updated 05:00 17/02/2014

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Cera set to hand over safety reins Most important earthquake book so far? Bars bring vibrancy back to city Supreme Court decision a win for quake claimants Interest sought for Town Hall rebuild Quake fund to help community hall reopen Brownlee backtracks after calling claimants 'grumpy' Daggy sheep plan for red zone roasted Sewerage a pipe dream for man still using a bucket Clothes maketh the property man

Signatures pledged by more than 25,000 Cantabrians after the February 2011 earthquake have been preserved in a digital archive as a reminder of the city's early reactions to the devastation.

The University of Canterbury's earthquake archive, CEISMIC, was created to protect and preserve an important part of Canterbury's history. It included photos, videos and data from the past three years.

CEISMIC programme co-ordinator Jennifer Middendorf said the digital version of The Pledge would be available online by February 22. It had taken three months to scan the handwritten messages into CEISMIC and ensure signatures and addresses were removed.

"This was an important moment in post-quake Christchurch," Middendorf said. "People were making that commitment to Christchurch, and that's an important part of our social history."

Three years on, she said, it would be nice for Cantabrians to reflect on their initial reactions. "Now time's gone on, I think we're forgetting how we felt in those first few days."

The Pledge, recorded in many hardcopy volumes, would be returned to Mayor Lianne Dalziel when the digital recording was complete.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the Canterbury Provincial Council buildings be restored?

Yes, they are NZ's best example of high Victorian gothic revival architecture.

Only if the cost can be brought down.

No, $70 million could be used for more important things.

Vote Result

Related story: Provincial chambers repair bill $70m

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content