Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m.
It was 2011 and the first day of my new job in New Brighton. Having spent most of my 20s overseas I had just arrived back to my hometown of Christchurch, inspired to be a part of the recovery. I found a park for my car near New Brighton Mall but it was a tight one. As I attempted to back in, two different people stopped and directed my course â smiling and waving me in. It was a wonderful welcome and a sign of how I would come to know the area.