It just so happens that I am in Houston Texas on my way to Washington DC. Given the fact that this city was badly hit a few weeks ago by a massive hurricane and extensive flooding, I thought readers may be interested in an update of how the area is coping.
"I am told that the area will take years to recover and recovery teams will be here for many months."
Just a few facts. There are 6 million residents in this city, and some 500,000 houses have been affected. At the height of the storm, the international airport was closed for five days and Air New Zealand crew who were caught up in the closure, lent their hands to helping others. This, wasn't widely publicised but their efforts were commendable in difficult circumstances.
"So how is the recovery and is the city back to normal?"
Well the average tourist simply wouldn't know there was a problem. For all intents and purposes the city is operating normally. The fourth largest shopping centre in the USA "The Galleria" is just across the road from my hotel and was pumping, with its mixture of retailers, vehicle sales and an internal skating rink all operating with a high level of customers.
In discussion with locals, it is apparent that this has been an all hands to the wheel approach to get the city operating again to a level that some level of normality has returned for the locals. As very much part of the Texas state, it seems that these people have an ability to accept the good with the bad. It's a good lesson for all of us in times of difficulty. Helping one another is the key to recovery!!! Of course the traditional values of Texas haven't changed. Everything is big, from meals to monuments!!!
RCG is currently working on new multi-million dollar shopping complex in Papamoa, Tauranga.
Situated in Golden Sands, one of the fastest growing suburbs in New Zealand, the Excelsa Centre will feature a boutique style cinema and offer retail and hospitality outlets.
Surrounded by high quality housing and close to the beach the centre will enhance the idea of “live, work and play” for the local population with easy access to amenities.
On completion the 2400sqm two storey complex will offer more than 220 car parks.
Population growth in Tauranga has continued upward over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down, fuelled no doubt by Aucklanders seeking a "seachange."
In The Press
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Pipeline leak to hit NZ Refining by $10m-$15m
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Crown signs with church to progress Christ Church Cathedral restoration
"Significant progress" has been made on the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral barely a week after the Anglican synod voted to save the building. Pledges, along with the earthquake-damaged church's insurance proceeds of nearly $42 million, amount to about $90m of the estimated $104m restoration cost.
Kaikōura UpLift Hub container mall project in critical need of funding
Earthquake-hit Kaikōura is keen to replicate the shipping container shopping mall concept that helped save Christchurch's central city. Plans to install a smaller version of the Christchurch's former Re:Start Mall, which used brightly coloured containers as temporary shops after the city's own 2011 quake, are under way but the group behind it is says it urgently needs funding to complete the project.