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February 22: Your Stories
LILY MARRLily Marr was new to Christchurch just two weeks before the February quake, but she hasn't left.
AARON HORANThe good has far outweighed the bad in Aaron Horan's post-quake life in Christchurch.
The Christchurch earthquakes have brought Tony Becker's neighbourhood together.
LISA DICKSONAfter experiencing the Christchurch earthquakes, Lisa Dickson no longer cares about material things.
The main differences I've noticed since the big quakes is the frustration with all the road closures/detours/repairs.
After the June 2011 double whammy, that was it, I told my husband, we are out of here!
Christchurch man Andy Poulsen was forced to move to Sydney after the big quake, but there isn't a day that he doesn't think about returning home.
Hannah Hemara says she didn't realise how happy she was until it was violently ripped from under her.
Carole Payton wonders if she would have gotten married last week if it wasn't for the February 2011 quake.
Visiting Christchurch after moving to New Plymouth six months ago gives Kiri McAlister mixed feelings.
No problems at all with the shaking, despite having a wife and four kids aged under six.
Lisa Hetherington lost her family home after the quakes, but has now settled in Rangiora.
Michele McCormack can't believe pizzas won't be delivered to her Southshore home because of the badly damaged roads.
After moving to Brisbane, a short trip to Christchurch reminded Carla Jones why she left quake city and how she couldn't bear to be back.
Christchurch is a bit broken but Tracy Hyde is keen to help bring her back.
I am still in Christchurch two years after the quakes. Why?
Christchurch will always be home for Sharon Calderwood, but for now she's enjoying life across the ditch.
For Corinne McKenna, the June 2011 quake was the last straw. With her husband, their 4-month-old baby, dog and four suitcases, she headed for England.
Anna Jenkins has found the Christchurch earthquakes have brought out the worst in some people, but there has been positive change too.
Life has changed in many ways for Sally McRae, but it's her children who have been through the most.
Two years on from the February earthquake Christchurch is like "a dead city", Madhu Vasudevamurthy says.
Hugh Wilkinson always dreamed of living by the coast. The earthquakes gave him an excuse to finally make the move.
Cantabrians have learnt to appreciate how precious life is, Erin Major-Johnston says.
A day in the life of a Christchurch motorist can be extremely frustrating, Chris Davies has found.
JEAN BAGRIEJean Bagrie says she hasn't seen a lot of good in Christchurch since the earthquakes, just crime, vandalism, and endless insurance problems.
Writer Randolph Bourne once mused: "No matter what we have come through, or how many perils we have safely passed, or how many imperfect and jagged - in some places perhaps irreparably - our life has been, we cannot in our heart of hearts imagine how it could have been different."
The Christchurch earthquake produced evocative images rarely seen in a usually peaceful nation.
Abraham Lincoln once said "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time" and for many in Canterbury, that is exactly how they have coped with life after February 22.
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.