Back in New Zealand following the earthquake, Benedict Burke visits a cardboard cathedral, ponders the Auckland tornado and disappoints his wife.
This is my last blog from Christchurch before I start the long journey home, and I write this after a day of destruction in Auckland following yesterday's tornado. Sadly three people died and hundreds of have been displaced. The world remains a very unpredictable place.
Adjusters will play a central role in the recovery, as they have with the earthquake, especially in settling the claims for Christchurch cathedral.
This is Christchurch's most iconic structure and there is understandably a lot of emotion around its future.
A High Court judge recently stepped in to halt its demolition, explaining that the building's future is "legitimately in the public arena".
In the meantime, church authorities have been building a transitional cardboard cathedral.
As I leave Christchurch, I sense a city no longer forgotten and one that is on its way back. The government has unveiled a NZ$30bn (£15bn) recovery programme containing 20 key projects to boost the city's economy.
The bill will be split 30% private insurers, 40% New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and 30% the government.
From what I see and hear, I am confident that this lovely city will once again become a vibrant, attractive hub for business, entertainment and new residential areas. It is great to think that in a small way loss adjusters are playing a positive role in this journey.
Before I sign off, I phoned my wife this morning to tell her I had been to Tiffany's in Christchurch. She thought I had bought her some expensive jewellery for Christmas.
She was sad when I explained that it was a fine dining restaurant just reopened following extensive earthquake damage.
A huge well done to all involved with organising our Remembrance Day event on Friday, including our Corporate Real Estate team. One of them, Ibrahim, took this incredible footage of poppies dropping as he (along with others) leaned (safely!) over the gantry to let them go. pic.twitter.com/pSbapkWBBR— Lloyd's (@LloydsofLondon) November 12, 2018
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