26 Feb – 4 March ’11
To the people of Christchurch and Canterbury – Kia Kaha
From the New Zealand Herald’s running update page:-
The nation just observed two minutes silence to commemorate those who lost their lives in Tuesday’s earthquake.
Sombre scenes across the nation as people stood in silence in Christchurch, outside Parliament in Wellington, at Aotea Square in Auckland and other spots throughout the country.
Search and rescue workers in quake-torn Christchurch downed their tools and joined the rest of New Zealand in standing in silence.
Prime Minister John Key, who had called for the national period of silence, marked it at the Christchurch Arts Centre.
My Dad and his partner, Lorraine, were in Christchurch on holiday when the quake hit. Thankfully they were not in the central city, but had chosen to have a lazy day and were hanging out in their hotel room at the time. They managed to escape unhurt and have since made their way home. For this I am grateful, that I am not among the number still waiting and praying.