Today is a day to think of Christchurch and Canterbury. To remember those who lost their lives, those who were hurt and injured, and to those who lost much that they knew of their lives and livelihoods. The first anniversary of such a tragedy will be tough for many of those affected to handle. Our hearts go out to them.
What we learned in the hours, days, weeks and months that have followed is the incredible strength, determination and spirit of the people of Canterbury. That is needed now more than ever. As is the support from the rest of New Zealand. At 12.51 today I think all New Zealanders should take a moment to remember the tragedy, and re-affirm our collective commitment to stand beside the people of Christchurch and Canterbury.
As Brendon Burns remarked in a post just one week on from the 22nd of February, “There are hard days ahead. Kia kaha to us all.”