from the terrible earthquake that rocked Christchurch and people are still being pulled from the rubble unfortunately not alive like the first couple of days. This tragedy has rocked our world down here - we are 3 hours south and inland from Christchurch... but still own a house there and have the majority of our friends and family there. My Mother in law had just arrived in Twizel at the time of the quake to help look after the kids as I was teaching all week. Father in law rang to say there had been an earthquake but he was OK. However at that stage he couldn't get hold of Steve's sister or her husband to know if they were OK. I had felt the earthquake while sitting having lunch in the staffroom. And today exactly a week after the quake the whole school and staff and community stood outside the school near the marketplace and showed our respect for the Christchurch Quake victims with a 2 minute silence. The church bells rang, the firemen sounded their siren as a mark of respect that echoed through our wee township. We also had the families and alot of the parents that have fled Christchurch there too. It was a very somber and reflective moment. I sit here very grateful that all our friends and family are alive. Though some have lost houses, they are still with us - the most important thing. I also feel for those families who have lost everything or someone and know that with Christchurch being the community it is we will know at least one person that has perished in this awful disaster.
Kia Kaha Christchurch