I live in a house on stilts on the side of a hill. Wellington is a windy city, One of the windiest in the world. We get powerful winds about 173 days a year. I also live only a kilometre or two from the boundary of the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates. We frequently experience earthquakes. Residents of Wellington always have, in the back of their minds, the potential for a devastating earthquake. After Christchurch’s most recent major shake, with more destruction and more liquefaction, earthquakes are again top of mind for us all. So today, when the house shakes, it takes a while to realise it is just another wind gust.