I had a column in the “Out of Left-field” section of the Herald on Sunday yesterday.

For those of you who haven’t visited Christchurch for a while, it’s probably easy to imagine that everything is trucking along nicely, that the city is irresistibly moving forward. For those of us living it every day, we don’t feel like rock stars.

We did get a little of the rock star treatment this week, with Wills and Kate popping in for a quick matinee show. Even after a tightly orchestrated tour of the sites the Government wanted them to see, the Duke expressed his surprise at how long the recovery was seeming to take. He isn’t the only foreign visitor to share that sentiment.

In case you missed it, the full text is here.