Sumner is a suburb of Christchurch that was seriously damaged by the 2011 earthquakes. Many of the iconic cliffs disintegrated which caused many of the million-dollar homes to slide down the cliffs or be so damaged, all that could be done is to demolish them. It’s interesting to see how large shipping containers are used to shore up the now-dangerous cliffs and protect the road from more slides.
It’s a beautiful beach and was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, mind you the wind had a bit of a bite to it. Didn’t stop young Rory and Conor from having ice-creams though – what else does one do at the beach then have ice-creams?!
The Irish are everywhere in Christchurch – all here for the work created by the rebuilding of the city after the 2011 earthquakes. There’s minimal work in Ireland these days (still feeling the effects of the 2008 economy meltdown) and like many of the larger cities in Canada, the young Irish go wherever they can get a working visa, to keep up their skills and further their careers, whilst waiting for the time they can return to Ireland. Walking around the city centre, I think I hear more Irish accents than Kiwi! Check this recent article in the Irish Times that gives some insights.