Never giving up on my community by Maria

Posted 30 Apr 2013 by Maria
Private InsuranceEQCFlood Zoning IssuesChristchurch City CouncilWinterHeatingHousingRentalsMortgage
My EQ issues are almost over, bar an EQC claim for carpets and drapes. I settled my total loss home in December 2012, and incredibly sold my badly damaged creekside TC3 section about a month ago. What a journey it has been. In fact it was pure hell. I would wish it on nobody. To loose so much and yet gain so much from the hardship has been an amazing experience. I am most definitely a cup half full person, yet through this my cup was bone dry. The EQ's were far from the worst of it. Policy. I think that sums it up. Policy that many feel has to be stuck to like a rigid stick which "they" wield over you when you are most vulnerable. I don't need to tell you who "they" are. If you live in affected Christchurch, you know. Yet amongst this I found some gems. Most of these were in my community, but I even found one in the insurance industry. He saved me. When I felt all I had worked for had gone, he appeared. There are good people through this, and there are very bad. I want to focus on the good people and help those who can't help themselves. I am stronger now and I won't give up fighting for my community and for justice and helping where I can. This isn't easy but I can't walk away. My conscience won't let me. I want to make a difference. Not so I look good or to further my career. Because I care. Because I believe we must suffer the consequences of our choices, and this earthquake was not a choice so why should we suffer and for so long. I don't want to forget. I want to forgive and move forward along with my community who has suffered for so long. Why should a minority group be neglected so badly they disengage from those who they thought would be there to help them. What is this all about? I know, and I believe many more are learning through watching the hardship. As I move forward I hope to bring others with me, to a better happier place where we can love and care for one another because to me that is what life is about.