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Wednesday, 27 April 2011


The NZ Herald has published a magazine called 12.51 - The story of the Christchurch earthquake. 

It brings together newspaper articles written by Herald journalists following the February 22nd earthquake, and accompanies them with photographs from various sources. There is also a DVD with interviews and footage from the aftermath. Some of what you read and see will be familiar from the Christchurch Star when, for a short time, it returned to being the daily newspaper of choice. The cost is $10, with the net proceeds going to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Copies are available from Countdown, Foodtown and Woolworths supermarkets.

We bought a copy at the supermarket yesterday and found it compelling reading. The articles provide a diary and explanation of the times when there was no news, or too much information to take in. To have everything in one place makes understanding easier. The one disappointment was finding Gary McCormick's poem on the inside back cover. Charisma Rangipunga's He Poroporoaki/Farewell Tribute, from the National Christchurch Memorial Service, would have been a better way to finish. Perhaps by way of compensation, there are cartoons by Rod Emmerson which are worthy of the price, just for themselves.

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