For the devastated citizens of Kaikoura, heartbreak and much fear as to their future as their traditional money earners, centred on the sea, have all been obliterated. Road links along the fabulous coast road are completely buried under millions of tonnes of rock, the seals have lost their favourite breeding place and their favourite rocks to sunbathe on, and lobsters and shellfish suffered a 4 metre uplift from the sea into the killing daylight. People are trying to rescue them but the new underwater habitat is not like the one they had.
For us in Christchurch, PTSD effects just when we thought we were "coming right" and the effects of the Monday early morning evacuation have lasted all week.
On the bright side, Aspiehelp has decided to hold the first ever entirely Aspie Conference in New Zealand, towards the end of 2017 and planning has begun. Speakers will be almost entirely Aspie/on the spectrum and the programme will be more relaxed than is usual at other conferences when everything is packed in tightly. We'll tell you more as things progress!