The building housing the museum was extensively damaged in the February 22 earthquake. It was red stickered. But unlike those buildings in the 'red zone' in the centre of Christchurch, 25% of the artefacts were rescued with the help of the local fire brigade and the air force. It is hoped that all the artefacts will eventually be recovered. One of the ways they did this was to use a steel tunnel.
Although I'm really pleased this happened, it does not explain the actions of civil defence which put safety first before material possessions on such a grand scale that central business interests are prevented from retrieving the goods and information which will enable Christchurch to recover economically.
Surely it can't be history before 'meals on the table'.
I would not be surprised if Christchurch National Archives is given all the help they need to keep their records safe. Could it be that the values CD use to assess risk are weighed in favour of non-business activities? We will have to wait and see.