About this site

Your stories

QuakeStories is a place where you can tell your stories about the Canterbury and other New Zealand earthquakes. Whatever your age, whether you’re an individual, part of a community, a business or an organisation, you have stories to tell.

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What Next?

The earthquakes that struck Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 are among the most significant events in New Zealand history. QuakeStories is a place to share stories of these and other New Zealand quakes (Seddon, 2013; Kaikōura, 2016).

This site was established by Manatū Taonga / Ministry for Culture and Heritage in partnership with NV Interactive in 2011. It is part of the University of Canterbury CEISMIC consortium (which includes Christchurch City Libraries and National Library), a long-term project dedicated to the preservation and study of information relating to the Canterbury earthquakes. In 2016 Manatū Taonga / Ministry for Culture and Heritage expanded the site’s coverage to allow people to share stories about other New Zealand earthquakes.

We encourage contributors to return to the site and tell us how the earthquakes continue to affect their lives in the months and years to come. You can keep up to date with developments by subscribing to our newsletter, following us on Twitter and joining us on Facebook.

We'd like to hear your ideas about how we can make QuakeStories better. Please email any comments, feedback or suggestions to info@quakestories.govt.nz.