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The demolition and rebuild make the central city an ever-changing organism. Six Swannanoa School children decided to write about
the process from their perspective. They were part of an elite writing class and worked on their short pieces over seven weeks.
On Tuesday, they visited the central city to see what they described in their stories. Their pieces are printed in full below.
Strong words to describe rebuild
FIELD TRIP: Swannanoa School's writing group paid a visit to the central city,
which they had written about in their rebuild stories.
Jared (JJ) Jones
Scott Wake, 8
* Memories of lifeless buildings
float away in the sounds of the
new constructions replacing
mildewed chasms and canyons
from when the earth's plates
Bulldozers with strong oil fumes
seem to dig down to Hell with fox-
Concrete-mixers dump mounds of
concrete into holes for solid,
secure foundations and hammers
knock pylons out cold into
the ground. Giant-like girder-
shifters manoeuvre blocks of hope
into framed structures and shift
glass-like, delicate jewels into the
buildings' sockets. The rubble and
dust of destruction is disappear-
ing into the past and being rep-
laced with ladders of hope in a re-
Lily Gaughan, 8
* Humongous cranes stretch their
limbs slowly and carefully,
swooping concrete walls into
They stare down at the trucks
hauling in the ginormous con-
tainers, moving them from place
to place like monopoly pieces.
Moving crabs are digging and hit-
ting into the earth like ferocious
The diggers are scooping up dirt
and making strong foundations in
the pitch-black holes.
Hannah Burns, 7
* Proud fences stand their ground
guarding entrances to construc-
Humongous cranes as tall as
skyscrapers lift metal, wood and
They lift their generating limbs
slowly and carefully using their
breath-taking strength to rebuild
the damaged city.
Bulldozers dig with rabbit-like
paws and the churning concrete
mixers throw out mix into new
Daniel Prager, 7
* The giant ravines, like gun
barrels and cracks like rivers,
lakes and streams have been
The bulldozers dump dirt into the
new solid ground.
Brachiosaurus cranes like metal
towering forests grab and solidly
clutch concrete slabs and strong
girders to replace the walls of fate.
Scaffolding hugs the buildings
like a mother and child.
The men are working their hearts
out. Hope bringers.
The city is slowly being rebuilt.
Marshall Lewis, 8
* Bulldozers and diggers like
ferocious saber-toothed tigers
barge menacingly around
replacing rubble and dirt.
Cranes grasp heavy objects
and carefully place them
on new foundations.
Jared (JJ) Jones, 8
* Dirt removers shatter the earth
and fill the cracks which flowed
like veins in a body.
Cranes with creaking metal arms
heave and haul structures of hope
Majestic monuments will rise on
new foundations from the ruins of
a depressed city.
Cross-disciplinary sports maestro
facing frantic travelling schedule
BUSY TIME: Multi-talented
athlete Gabby Gray has a full
calender of sporting dates.
YEAR 13 Rangi Ruru student and
multi-talented athlete Gabby Gray
has a busy month ahead, with sev-
eral championships noted down on
Gabby, from Amberley, will race
in Taupo on Saturday at the natio-
nal secondary school duathlon
champs, and a couple of days later,
heads to Australia with the NZSS
cross country team to race in the
Australian secondary school cham-
pionships in Canberra.
From there, Dunedin is her next
destination for a week, when she
joins the school's first XI football
team to play in the team's South
To cap it off, the multi-talented
youngster will head to Palmerston
North for the national secondary
school cycling champs after just
two weeks at home.
Gabby won a team gold at the
South Island secondary school
(SISS) cycling champs last
holidays and also won the
senior girls' under-19 section at
the Canterbury and SISS
Rangi Ruru sports head Jo
Fogarty described her as an out-
standing all-round sportswoman,
who continues to achieve at a high
level year after year''.
Gabby has always been a key
member of Rangi's successful cross
country team and went to Malta
with the team last year.
She was our second top finisher
in Malta, coming in 10th overall.
She placed 11th at the national
secondary school cross country
champs this year, which enabled
her to be selected for the national
team,'' Ms Fogarty says.
This young woman is quite
Ms Fogarty said that Gabby
managed her time and dedication
to each of her disciplines very well.
She is an integral member of
the football team and has been
sorely missed over the last few
weeks, because of her commitment
to running and cycling.'
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