One of the most impressive things about the post-earthquake situation in Christchurch has been the efficiency with which the Council and Civil Defence have handled the impact of the earthquake: restoring water connections, organising demolition of dangerous buildings, etc. Teams of people have gone forth into the highways and byways to assess buildings. In a post-modern age it is fascinating to see the absoluteness of the judgements passed, and the lack of range on a continuum of possibilities. Just three judgements: red (do not enter), yellow (enter only if you are an officer of the organisation, for essentials and at own risk), and green (all systems go).
St Mary's Hall, in which Theology House resides, has had a yellow sticker since the day after the quake. Work done a few days ago (mentioned and illustrated a few posts below) has now been assessed and the Hall has a 'green sticker' and thus Theology House can open again (delayed till tomorrow to give us time to catch our breathe and complete tidying up).
Feels good. Without that green sticker we could have been in a very complex situation, starting with 'what do we do now?' Instead life is simpler for us. (It will be more complicated for our landlord, the Parish of Merivale. They will have months of work ahead overseeing repair and restoration.)