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  • Christchurch Earthquake: Six Years Later
    Photo Diary Stories

    Christchurch: A City in Progress

    In September 2010, a 7.1 earthquake hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Just a few months later, in February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, destroying most of the city’s…

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    The Tsunami Warning

    “Courtney! Courtney, wake up! We have to go!” I woke up to insistent knocking on my cabin door. I thought I was dreaming, but as my eyes slowly opened, I realized…

  • On Auckland: The City I Love to Hate

    On Auckland: The City I Love to Hate

    During my year in New Zealand, I visited Auckland quite a few times. It’s the usual entry and exit point for international travelers, since most have to go through the Auckland…

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    The First 24 Hours in New Zealand

    After a 13-hour flight from LAX, the plane touched down at Auckland Airport just before 7 am local time. I had been in transit for almost 24 hours by then, including…