Red-zoners start over in Pegasus

MICHAEL WRIGHT
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013
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Two years on, red zones and earthquakes are only a memory for Paul and Tina Glithero in their new home at Pegasus.

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Sometimes Tina Glithero feels guilty in her new home in Pegasus.

Two years on from the earthquake that drove Tina, 60, and husband Paul Glithero, 70, from their already battered Bexley home, the shaking, the liquefaction, the red zones and the sheer toil of living through a disaster are just memories.

Their former home wrecked, the couple have moved out of town, shifting into a newly built house in Pegasus last June.

''We had a pretty good ride,'' Paul says.

''We've been so lucky to get the way we are.''

Fortune, though, has its downsides.

''Some days when you read about other people who are a still stuck in the red zone you get a guilty complex about it,'' Tina says.

''You think, 'How come we've come out so good on it and those poor souls are still struggling?' That gets to you some days.''

Dark days are mostly behind the Glitheros, though.

Paul was forced to confront his depression a second time, having beaten the black dog when he retired before the quakes, and living in a rented unit in Rangiora with their daughter's family while they waited for a new house took a toll on Tina:

''When you have a whole family living in a small unit and two small grandchildren, it's very, very hard. They had their life and we had ours. It's very hard,'' Tina says.

But the Glitheros have emerged as the happy face of what red-zone closure can bring.

''We've been very, very lucky,'' Paul says.

''I never thought we'd ever think of leaving Bexley because we loved it there.''

Tina is diplomatic about their two-year journey from east Christchurch to north Canterbury - a much more tumultuous voyage than their emigration from England 30 years ago:

''It's an adventure.

''An adventure sometimes that I could have done without. I think we just took each day at a time and got on with it.''

''I wouldn't wish it on anybody,'' her husband chimes in.

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