Recently Deborah read a personal response to the Christchurch Earthquake at the Writers' Read In staged in libraries throughout Auckland to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake appeal.
I was born in Christchurch and grew up on the Canterbury Plains. I went to school at the old Christchurch Girls’ High School on the corner of Cranmer Square, studied at Canterbury University and my first job was in the Town Planning department of the Christchurch City Council researching and writing booklets on the city’s heritage buildings. I wrote about the Christchurch Cathedral, the Christchurch Press building, the Christchurch Post Office, the old Public Library, Shands Emporium the oldest wooden shop in the city, McLean’s mansion an eclectic concoction of architectural styles, with impressive Mansard domes that added a dash of Paris to the city skyline and the Christchurch Normal School. At thirty I moved to Auckland and although it was a good decision, I have never stopped thinking of Christchurch as home.