Photo Journal: water

The fountain  in Hagley Park made for spectacular sight looking close up against the light.

Maruia Falls

On the way to Golden Bay we stopped at the Maruia Falls some waterfalls.  Amazing to see and hear the sheer force of the water coming down. This large waterfall was created in an earthquake in 1929. The earthquake caused a slip which blocked the original channel. The water was forced to flow over a small area of farmland and then over a bank back to the channel below the slip. This created a new passage and more erosion from the falling water has increased the drop to some ten metres.

A short track down hill leads to a view of the falls from below and also provided for a great place to have something to eat and drink on the way to Golden Bay.

Pupu Springs

Also quite spectacular were the Pupu Springs and the amazingly clear water, said to be the clearest in the world. Pupu Springs or Waikoropupu as its full name is, can be found in the South Island west of Nelson, near Takaka

In the Bible we find mentions of “living water” and I guess what I saw as Pupu Springs came close to what I imagined that to look like. The color and clarity was just amazing.

Wainui Falls

However what was probably most spectacular was the Wainui Falls in Golden Bay.

A forty minute walk takes you to this waterfall, a walk most worthwhile. The track leads through the forest and over a swing bridge. Minutes after crossing the bridge you will hear the falls and than almost as by surprise you will be right in front of them in all their spraying and noisy marvel.

More to follow on my flickr photostream.

Irritating Christchurch Earthquake Questions

I so had enough of the small messages and posts about how come so many churches were damaged so badly? As if the last aftershocks were all about God trying to make a point to us. God had nothing to do with it: the earth did what the earth does. Those churches they were older buildings just like some secular icons in the wrong place. So no, God was not trying to make a point to the Anglicans and Catholics by destroying their cathedrals, as well as the baptists and other denominations.

How come no one asks: how come some many church buildings did survive? How come he missed so many that, in biblical terms deserve judgment? Was God having an off day missing the mark so badly? God was not having a bad day, he did not miss the mark, he had nothing to do with it. If he was really after the churches, would he not have waited till Sunday morning if he was behind all this?

Why were so many Christians gathering last Sunday in the churches that did survive or in other alternative places. How come so many, even those in the gravest circumstances displayed an amount of peace and love that many non-Christians could only dream of? Ah probably because you knew the obvious answers already: people gathered in their own or other churches either because they are trying to make up with an angry God or because they did not get the message or because they were after the free after service coffee and tea with home bake.

I know that the Bible says that love is patient but please stop testing it with questions to which you already know the answer or that are actually not sincere.


More Random Thoughts and Quake


It’s been a rocky ride, the aftershocks are definitely not helping in settling down and  we find it hard to motivate the kids to go anywhere away from home, especially when not staying all together. More than 270 aftershocks of force 3 or more since Saturday early morning are not helping. But how can you complain knowing that there are the first who lost their jobs, others who lost their retirements and dream houses, part of New Zealand‘s heritage and the list goes on.

Staying calm for the sake of the kids is more difficult, and it is weird when you get on high alert when a truck passes. I pray for endurance, patience, peace and safety or all. Seeing the news coverage I feel guilty being at home with the boys because that’s all they want to be at.


…the wider South Island is welcoming Cantabrians fleeing the region to escape nerve-jangling aftershocks – including a clutch of five overnight.There were five sizable shocks between midnight and 7am, ranging between magnitudes 3.5 and 4.5.There have been two more since 9am, at magnitudes 3.2 and 3.Moteliers in Kaikoura reported Christchurch people arriving looking tired and on edge.”The first thing they say is: ‘Are you getting the aftershocks?’,” one said.Ritchies Intercity buses regional manager Malcolm Budd said the company had fielded desperate calls from people in tears.”They are over it, sick of it. Since the big [aftershock] [yesterday] morning we’ve had an influx of calls from people wanting out of the city.”Kaikoura Gateway Motel operator Sue Wright said a group of more than 30 arrived yesterday without reservations and took 16 rooms.Distraught families are fleeing Christchurch to escape relentless aftershocks, while others turn to counselling and medication to ease their panic.Many parents are sending their terrified children out of town for respite in the wake of yesterday’s shallow 5.1 magnitude aftershock – the strongest of more than 270 tremors above magnitude 3 since Saturday’s devastating 7.1 quake.

Children’s reactions “will depend entirely on how the parents are reacting”, she said. “Children look to the parents to see if the world is safe or not. It is critical that parents are calm. Don’t have children around when you’re panicking.” Christchurch counsellor Pablo Godoy said continual aftershocks were making it hard for people to cope.
“For instance, we had a young person come in. A truck drove past and that rattled the room a little bit – that triggered their fear response.”

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