I'm a writer blogger who has been resident in the Hutt Valley since the late 1960's. I'm a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I have seen many people come and go over the years, seen many things good and bad. Time to remember whanau
Christchurch residents enjoying themselves despite the earth
Despite an early set-back on opening night when organisers vastly underestimated the numbers turning up - three thousand catered for but thousands more lining up, the customers were patient and understanding. More food was cooked up after 40 minutes and the visiting noodlers were soon fed.
Christchurch residents love going out for meals and Asian- style meals have been available for a number of years. It is not just the significant numbers of Asian residents in Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury districts, but the fact the average resident also likes noodle and other Asian food. They have been become hooked!
My daughter and her youngest son went out to North Hagley Park on Saturday night. She said the lines were thirty deep and close to thirty stalls were operating. Thousands of people have turned up every day and night since Wednesday.
Despite the bad earthquake on Sunday afternoon, the numbers didn't decrease, but may well have increased as most of the big malls in the city and suburbs were closed after the earthquake for safety reasons.
As their counterparts in Sydney and Melbourne have discovered in recent years these Night Noodle Markets are extremely popular and the Christchurch noodlers are waiting for the next one. I hope this becomes a regular event and I can come down from Wellington for the next one.