For the last 5 days I have been in New Zealand getting ready for the expedition. Christchurch is earthquake prone and the most recent devastating one in the town was Feb 22, 2011. Christchurch Cathedral suffered extreme damage as did much of the central business district and suburbs. And many lives were lost. Even after all this time there is still a lot of quake damage visible and re-building continues.
They are also suffering from a drought which was evident by the out of control wildfires I could see from my hotel window as well as the plane I took to Invercargill. Global warming reveals itself in many ways.