Talk:2011 Christchurch earthquake

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Poorly written article[edit]

This article is poorly written, especially in the intro.

The intro sentence contains a lot of technical information, capital letters, parentheses, detail about magnitude, etc, but does not mention that 184 people were killed. This is poor writing technique. The intro should use simple language to convey the gist of the article without being too technical. Technical information should come later.

I am a professional editor and would re-write the article myself, but unfortunately I do not have time at the moment. Perhaps somebody else could have a crack? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:26, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

You are a professional editor? Could you let us know for who? -- (talk) 08:57, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Nevermind. I looked up your IP address and it traced back to Malaysia. If you were from New Zealand I would have had a good go at you as I dislike, maybe even go so far to hate, all New Zealand media. As for the article (and it doesn't in this present time fit your description, so someone must have re-typed it), you really shouldn't have expected it to be professional before you read it for the first time... certainly not on par with your professional editing. Reality check, this is Wikipedia, articles can be created and edited by anyone and everyone. -- (talk) 23:22, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

This article is slightly biased and misses many contributions from other organization's in Christchurch. It also misses many of the critical failures to the response that have come out during various enquiries such as the Fire Service Review and Royal Commission Report. The single quote about it being the best run disaster etc. was probably a polite pandering, as the event had major short comings in both preparation and response. Brenthollow (talk) 00:10, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

There is no definition of red or yellow stickers, which is a pity given the widespread confusion that remains, even three years later.Royalcourtier (talk) 20:23, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

So fix it. (talk) 23:59, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Census cancellation[edit]

Quote: The cancellation required an amendment to the Statistics Act 1975, which legally requires a census to be taken in 2011, and a revocation by The Queen.

Query: Why was the Queen's involvement necessary? Why wasn't it enough to amend the Act in Parliament and have the Governor-General give Royal Assent to it, just like every other piece of legislation? -- ♬ Jack of Oz[your turn] 08:33, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

I believe the Queen wasn't directly involved. The revocation was done by the Governor-General, and he was not revoking the legislation (as our text might suggest), but his earlier proclamation that the Census would be held on 8 March 2011. I've revised the text to make this clearer. --Avenue (talk) 12:44, 16 February 2014 (UTC)


In the article, three different casualty figures are used. In the intro and infobox, it's 185; in section 3.1 Casualties it's 177 plus 4 [181]; and in the table just underneath it's given as 176.

For consistency, all figures should match the official Police/Government total of 185 cited on the NZ Police website ( - and if they don't, for whatever reason, then any discrepancy in any given total should be clearly noted and explained in situ.

Incorrect comments on length of recovery:[edit]

This article claims that some economists have said it will take 50 to 100 years for the NZ economy to completely recover from the earthquakes.

That is totally incorrect.

The relevent reference is to a TV3 article containing the following quote from Cameron Bagrie: "Mr Bagrie says there will be a lot invested in the city over the next 10 to 15 years, but it's going to take 50 to 100 years to fully pay it off in the form of insurance premiums."

This simply indicates that the rebuild is equivalent to 50 or 100 years worth of insurance premiums. The quote has nothing to do with economic recovery.

I suggest deleting the sentence. (talk) 23:38, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Looking into adding a section on this article[edit]

I'm working on editing this page for my advanced writing course (at Northeastern University). I'm thinking of adding a section (under Other Impact) discussing the mental health effects on those affected by the earthquakes (in both September 2010 and February 2011). I think this is important because recent research from scholarly, peer reviewed articles shows a decrease in mental health, including symptoms of depression, PTSD and general anxiety following the earthquakes. I have looked into a few other Wikipedia articles covering disasters in different parts of the world and a section on mental health effects has been rare to find. However, it is an integral part of the recovery of any city that's affected by natural disaster. Any thoughts or suggestions? Narehsahakian (talk) 18:23, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

That would be a worthy section, and those health effects are certainly evident. The Press, the local Christchurch newspaper, has run many a story from a mental health perspective. Make sure that whatever you add is suitably referenced. If you are unsure how to go about referencing, please discuss here, or start writing with some note on the source, and somebody (maybe me) will come along and tidy it up. Schwede66 19:59, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

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