Please Join Me in Saying Prayers for Christchurch, NZ

22 Feb

[Editor’s Note: The EPIC Build update scheduled for today has been postponed due to the Earthquake in Christchurch, NZ. Please look for it to run on Thursday the 24th, 8am CST]

As many of you (who read the blog regularly) know, RR has a HUGE following in New Zealand.

We talk about New Zealand with a LOT of fondness around here as they are on the cutting edge of innovative ISBU use in constructing buildings and homes. We’ve made many friends there in the last few years.

Christchurch has been hit by a 6.3 Earthquake and is operating under a State of Emergency as I type this.

There are injuries and deaths. Over a hundred are injured so far and 65 people have lost their lives so far and the number of injuries and fatalities is expected to climb substantially over the next few days.

The downtown area looks like it’s been pulverized.

This just months after a 7.1 Earthquake hit them. Oy. It’s devastating.

I spent most of the day and night on Monday trying to establish communications with friends and comrades there…

I managed to get in touch with some friends there, people who are actually living in Christchurch and just beyond. Thankfully they are okay, just a little worse for wear, but their homes were destroyed in the ensuing shake. Many of their neighbors have also lost “home and hearth”.

There is no power and it’s not clear when it will be restored as many electrical substations were destroyed by the earthquake and aftershocks.

People are scrounging wood and whatever else they can find so that they can boil water.

Our prayers are with the people of Christchurch and the rescue workers who work to dig out and save as many people as they possibly can.

Please… include them in your prayers, huh?

I’m currently assisting in determining how aid can be provided. Stay tuned for details.


On another note:

Several readers have sent me this;

If you’re traveling thru Austin TX and you’re looking for that special gift, you can buy this…

And on another  note:

Recycled Container House – $6000 (Austin)

Date: 2011-01-20, 12:34PM CST
Reply to:

This is a very cool use for a used shipping container. It can be used for mobile food business, hunting hideout, indoor office, lakeside retreat or country living. It comes wired up for a 50 amp service and has lighting inside and out – three low E windows – wood paneling inside w/R20 insulation -exhaust vent for mobile A/C unit – covered patio – metal entry door – cedar barn sliders – all weather wood deck. It can be easily moved or mounted on a trailer.

6 Responses to “Please Join Me in Saying Prayers for Christchurch, NZ”

  1. Faola February 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Being a small country – comparatively – NZ is banding together to help. The devastation is phenomenal, just as people were getting over the September quake – and its ongoing aftershocks, getting on with life, tying up the insurance issues etc this hits – at peak time (10 to 1)on a sunny day with thousands on the streets eating lunch, shopping… high schools were closed due to a teacher meeting nationwide so kids were out and about… Red Cross and the Salvation Army were administering relief centres for the thousands of displaced people very rapidly. Search and Rescue worked through the night and many more were pulled from the debris while we slept. Almost 200 relief workers have arrived from Australia this morning, and luckily there was a medical conference in the city centre yesterday so an immediate pool of doctors was on hand. Everyone nationwide are focussed on helping – hopefully those affected will get through this okay both in the short and long term(I live five hours drive from Christchurch)

    • Renaissance Ronin February 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm #


      THANK YOU for this update. I’ve spent much of the day today contacting everyone I can, as well as doing anything else I can think of to try and help build bridges…

      As you point out, our friends in Christchurch were just starting to recover from the last devastating quake, only to get hammered by this new one.

      Please keep us informed and let us know how we can help. We are all praying for you and yours.


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  3. Lisa April 16, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Hi, have no money, no job, paying $310 in rent a week. Can probably lease land somewhere, looking at the idea of putting a container house up somewhere with solar power and its own water source, that way I could vacate my house and give it to someone who doesn’t currently have one. can you help me with any suggestions please. Thanks very much.

    • Renaissance Ronin April 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm #


      You’re in Christchurch, New Zealand, right?

      Do you have a place where you could slowly fab out a container, to get prepared for a “move” like this?

      I have a few friends living “off-grid” in New Zealand, but it doesn’t happen overnight when you’re trying to do it on a shoestring. There are costs that cannot be avoided. (Like the cost of a container for example.) Then there are the costs of the materials you’ll need AND your solar (photovoltaic) power source. Without power from day one, you’re gonna have a rough go. I know that you can use a generator, but that only goes so far, for so long. You’ll need PV panels and batteries.

      It should also be pointed out that in some parts of New Zealand it’s even harder to use ISBUs than it is here in “we’re stuck in the ‘1950s America”. Land selection is going to be very important.

      I suggest you do what you can to shore yourself up first, job (income), workspace (to build out the container), the labor to actually do it with, a suitable land prospect (WITH water) … and THEN determine what kind of shelter you can build. When you’re ready, we’ll certainly try to help.

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