New Zealand WHV holder starts Christchurch campaign

by Dominic - 21/01/2013 11:45:00

Christchurch is still recovering
from the earthquake 2 years ago.

A New Zealand Working Holiday Visa holder has started a campaign aimed at bringing smiles back to Christchurch after the devastating earthquake in 2011 which ruined large parts of the city and cost 185 lives.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island on 22 February, 2011. The earthquake razed significant parts of the country's second biggest city and triggered a mass exodus of people leaving to find work elsewhere.

The city is still to be fully rebuilt after the devastating effects and many Christchurch employers have struggled to find the necessary labour to contribute in the work.

All in all, Christchurch residents have had few reasons to smile.

But working holiday maker Terry Chung is hoping to change all that with his own personal project Smile for Christchurch.

Terry has been in New Zealand on his working holiday from Taiwan since March last year, he has taken pictures from 14 different cities around the country but feels his work in Christchurch is the most important after seeing so many sad faces around the once joyous city.

"I decided to collect smiles for the city," said Terry. "I hope it can bring some happiness."

Terry has been spending his days off from work taking photos of passersby he asks to smile while he busks with his ukulele in the city centre.

He has collected over 700 pictures so far but hopes to reach 1,000 when he will try to set up an exhibition in the city.

You can view Terry's pictures on his Facebook page.

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is Online Editor with the New Zealand Visa Bureau, an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications for a Working Holiday Visa to New Zealand.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

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