helping Christchurch

Thank you thank you lovely people who have checked our whereabouts and expressed concern.

I wasn’t sure what to write about this week, then Tuesday came and I was truly at a loss for words.

In Auckland, we’re a long way from Christchurch, which is in ruins. The list of casualties is growing. Thousands have lost their homes. Many are dead and missing. It’s shocking, because this is a peaceful little country where, I’ve heard ¬†said, nothing ever happens.

The photo above is this cathedral, the symbol of Christchurch:

If anyone from overseas would like to help, you can donate to the red Cross here

or, in the months ahead, please think of New Zealand when you do your shopping, and buy our products to support our economy.¬† This disaster is going to be a huge burden for our small population. If you’re wondering what we export, here’s a list:

produce (apples, stone fruit)


grass fed beef and lamb


butter and cheese

to name a few things that are likely to be on the shelves of your local supermarket.

This photo speaks volumes of the power of nature to derail our plans and stop us in our tracks. A petrol tanker on its way across the hills to the Port of Lyttleton, the epicentre of this latest quake.

10 Responses to “helping Christchurch”

  1. cath hanna Says:

    Well said Mel, the little things will help to go along way.

  2. anushka Says:

    i am so glad you are okay. i lay awake last night thinking of you and was going to write you a message day saying, “say you are okay.” i am relieved to hear you are but so sad to see these pictures of devastation and hear the news of deaths and loss. may you and your loved ones be safe.

  3. Sharon Says:

    It is good to hear from you. The pictures alone are overwhelming, can’t imagine being there in the midst. know we in the other parts of the world do care and hope to help in any way possible.

  4. Peggy Says:

    So glad you are OK. Wasn’t sure which city you are in. Thanks for your post.

  5. Karen Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with NZ. We hold all our Kiwis dear… especially you and David. I am glad to hear you are okay.

  6. lisa miller Says:

    Mel- so glad you are ok- it is devastating for New Zealand! You are in
    my thoughts- take good care

  7. Ana Petrova Says:

    I too thought of you when I first heard this devastating news. I’m glad you are ok and I’m sorry for all the loss of lives. I’ve never been to New Zealand but someday would like to visit, it sounds beautiful.

  8. balzac Says:

    Thank you for posting that you are okay. And also for letting us know how to help. I’m so sorry that your country is going through so much devastation right now.

  9. Gina diroma-Edwards Says:

    Mel, I am so glad that you and David are o.k., I am so sorry for the devastation to NZ, as you know we live with that fear in the back of our minds all the time in Southern California. Thank you for refreshing all of us on the wonderful products coming out of NZ. If it wasn’t for your country, we wouldn’t be able to produce such beautiful carpets for everyone to enjoy around the world. BUY New Zealand, support a wonderful country that contributes so much.

  10. Marla Says:

    When I first heard of the earthquake I looked at a map and saw your location far from Christchurch and I knew that you were okay. I have made a donation to Doctors Without Borders. Several indie dyers on Ravelry are also holding auctions and lotteries with the proceeds going to DWB. \

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