Portacom City

Portacom City

Reporting on the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes

The ripples the earthquake sent across the region and down the years continue to affect our lives, our livelihoods and endeavours.

On 4 September 2010, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 30 kilometres west of Christchurch. Half a year later, a 6.3 aftershock hit Christchurch, killing 185 people and causing widespread damage throughout the city. In November 2016, multiple faults ruptured near Kaikōura in a massive 7.8 earthquake.

Paul Gorman reported on the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes. In Portacom City he describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2017
Pages: 135
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780908321728
ISTC: A02201600000016C
DOI: 10.7810/9780908321728

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'Interview with Paul Gorman', Steve Matthewman, New Zealand Sociology, 33, 1 (2018), pp.121-131.

'Book Review: Portacom City, by Paul Gorman', Feby Idrus, The Reader: The Booksellers New Zealand Blog, 20 February 2018.

'Q&A: What it was like to report on a NZ disaster', Jamie Morton, New Zealand Herald, 9 January 2018.

'Kaikoura quake necessitated extra chapter for Chch book', Rob Kidd, Otago Daily Times, 29 December 2017.

'After the quakes – hard lessons that help us all do better', Peter Griffin, Sciblogs, 8 December 2017.