Several people have told me if the conference I’m helping to organise in May is held in Christchurch as scheduled they won’t be going.
My response is that’s unfortunate. The original venue, the Latimer Hotel, won’t be open for 12 months but we have booked an alternative venue and intend to use it.
Fundraising is an important way to help Christchurch rebuild but supporting its businesses is even better and holding the conference there will do that.
The city is down but not out. We can build on the harm the earthquake did by staying away, or – when it is safe and practical to do so – we can go there and do our small bits to help the recovery.
Any city which can, by helping itself and with assistance from outside, make the transformation shown in the video deserves support: