As jobs are vital to any economy, there is, at least, a glimmer of good news from Christchurch’s manufacturing sector.
Tait, Sanitarium, and Steel & Tube appear to have escaped major damage, says The New Zealand Herald.
It’s not much solace to those who have lost everything from homes to limbs to family members, though I console myself by saying that it’s better some things have been left standing than the destruction having been, literally, total.
Hopefully these engines of commerce will begin turning, at least bringing back a little life into the local economy. Those who work there, I’m hoping, might recover some semblance of normality—I know my solution has tended to be to keep busy, even in situations when life feels emptier than usual.
Earlier on Thursday, I delivered bags of Farmbake Cookies and eight litres of water as part of my ﬁrst contribution to Arise Church’s charity drive.
The Church is sending down containers of supplies from Wellington to Christchurch on a truck, and tell me that it is repeating the feat on Friday.
So for those of you who missed today’s two containers, head to 44 Wigan Street (off Taranaki, one down from Abel Smith) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday.