Alone in the Christchurch red zone: One man's final stand

The shadow of the neighbourhood remained for a while, in the trees marking the boundaries and the derelict concrete driveways leading to empty spaces.

By the 2013 census, about 130 people lived in the community, likely negotiating with their insurers or EQC. A couple of years later, it dropped to a few dozen.

One of the last houses was demolished late last year.

Left was one man: the man who decided to stay and tend to his garden.