Christchurch resident Renea Mackie took these photos of her city four months after the massive earthquake that rocked the city in February. Photo: Renea Mackie.

The massive earthquake that destroyed large parts of New Zealand’s second biggest city struck at 12:51pm on an overcast Tuesday in February, as Grant Wells was eating a Chinese meal in a Christchurch food court.

“As soon as the shaking stopped, I got out of there as fast as I could,” the 43-year-old consultant says.

“I had to climb over a fridge that had fallen over as I left.

“Then there was about two hours of just utter, well, the world had turned upside down.

“Cell phones weren’t working, the streets were gridlocked.

“My car was on the fifth floor of a car park and I couldn’t get it out.”

The earthquake that hit the South Island province of Canterbury on February 22 killed 181 people and destroyed or badly damaged about 900 buildings in Christchurch city.

The government and residents are now using a mix of high- and low-tech methods to reimagine how a rebuilt Christchurch could look and to remember what they have lost.

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WHAT started as a weekend hobby has led to a multi-million dollar payday for two Melbourne men, after a private US firm backed by a group of powerful venture capital firms purchased their coupon website.

Guy King, 32, and his business partner, Bevan Clark, 37, yesterday finalised the deal to sell their website,, to WhaleShark Media, a US company that owns a portfolio of online coupon websites.

“I think there is a message that it is possible to succeed on this side of the world … in many ways being isolated ourselves from ‘the scene’ in America helped us succeed,” Mr King said.

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October 8, 2007: Revealed: the brains behind bugmenot

It was a “slapped-together” weekend project that has helped millions view websites without having to register their details.

Now the Melbourne man behind, one of the first websites to harness the power of user-generated content, is revealing himself to the world.

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TWO of Australia’s most prestigious law firms have banned a workplace gossip website after it published a series of articles criticising management and mocking staff.

Both Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Clayton Utz have barred the Firm Spy site, branding it “irresponsible and inaccurate”.

Update May 2, 2011: Firm Spy reports that Mallesons Stephen Jaques have now allowed staff access to their site again. This was confirmed by Sue Ashe, head of communications at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.