Heather Hapeta lives in Aotearoa-New Zealand: real travel, real adventures, real stories, real photos. Recent destinations Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan and Hong Kong – now NZ destinations due to COVID travel restrictions
Some may find it strange that this is one of my saddest photos after the Christchurch earthquake ( the February 22nd 2011 aftershock which did more damage than the original sept one – see more quake Shag Rock information here).
It’s sad for 2 reasons. 1) Shag Rock has been a background to my life and it’s always sad to lose connections. 2)And, while I’m also really sad to lose much-loved buildings, we can rebuild them (albeit differently) we can’t reproduce nature.
I heard it called being called shag stump: although that sounds disparaging it’s at least a nod to its past, and part of the black humour that’s happening in my quake-shaken city – but there will be less shags landing there!
Shag Rock, an 11-metre, iconic Christchurch feature, succumbs to the strength of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Here are a couple of photos of the rock before the 22 February, 20 seconds aftershock, or quake, cut it in half.