The pictorial records after the first Christchurch earthquake seemed appropriate but it now seems timely to remember the beauty of Christchurch with photos from the past, the present and looking towards the future.
Ever since the first house was built in Christchurch there have been many challenges, tragedies and triumphs, yet Cantabrians have managed to surmount these challenges and always looked to build a better future. This book encapsulates these sentiments.
It is a pictorial gift - a memento of Christchurch for its citizens, for Cantabrians and all New Zealanders. It includes priceless images of the past, wonderful photos of the Christchurch we still have, along with exciting new concepts and dreams for a stunning Christchurch of tomorrow. Inspirational quotes from Christchurch citizens focusing on what they love about their city are included.
New Zealander Mary Hobbs published the award-winning New Zealand Outside magazine for 10 years. She is the author of Kiwi Tucker for the Soul, a bestselling collection of inspirational stories about New Zealanders; Letters to New York and America, from New Zealand with Love; and The Spirit of Mountaineering, Volume 1, about the early history of mountain guiding at Aoraki-Mt Cook.
Mary is also the author of Matagouri and Other Pricks - The Journey to Aoraki-Mount Cook, which was published an printed in New Zealand in 2010. It's a rollicking read that takes the radar from Tibet to Antarctica; to Nepal with Sir Edmund Hillary; and to New York, Washington and the White House in the aftermath of 9/11. It includes the thrills and spills of a nursing profession; the excitement of launching a new career as a writer and publisher; the challenges of running a guiding business; and also the story of The Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar, Restaurant and Gallery in Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park - the only business ever opened by Sir Edmund hillary in the village.
Mary and her husband Charlie live at Aoraki-Mt Cook where they own a guiding company and The Old Mountaineers', an historical mountaineering themed restaurant and gallery and have an organic farm nearby.