Reflecting in silence

At 12:51 New Zealanders are being asked to observe two minute’s silence for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

Prime Minister John Key said:

“This may be New Zealand’s single most tragic event.

“I am calling on all New Zealanders to stop and remember those who have lost their lives, those who are missing, and the hundreds of people who are mourning family and friends.”

The quake struck on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 12.51pm.

“At 12.51pm this Tuesday, the 1st of March, I am asking that New Zealand stops for two minutes as a sign of unity for the people of Canterbury who are enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.

“Canterbury will recover and we will do all we can to ensure it does.

“For now we must do all we can to show its people that all of New Zealand grieves with them.”

The tragedy has touched all corners of the country.

This will be an opportunity to remember and reflect.

The rescue and recovery effort will continue. It will need all of us to help in whatever way we can. 

Ater the observation of silence one way we can do that is by carrying on as normal, even though normal will never be what it was before the quake struck at 12:51 on Tuesday February 22.

6 Responses to Reflecting in silence

  1. Fredinthegrass says:

    Sitting in the Stationhouse Cafe at Moana chatting to a delightful English couple when we realised it was nearly one o’clock. We stood in silence, and reflection,
    and they joined us.
    Afterwards they thanked us for the opportunity to join in.
    They commented on the ‘strength’ of Kiwis they had been feeling as they travelled about. They were amazed how everyone seemed to be pitching in and helping.
    We said in a small country – by population – you couldn’t help but know someone involved, and that the tragedy had affected all of us in some way.


  2. Paul Tremewan says:

    In a well known Viaduct Harbour restaurant (taken for lunch by very nice lawyer chappie,) when at 12.51 the whole place fell into complete silence… only interrupted by the (SuperCity) Council workman clattering the rubbish bins he was emptying.
    A very surreal experience: everybody just stopped in their tracks… this was Auckland, not Christchurch, or Canterbury: it was New Zealand.


  3. homepaddock says:

    In Balclutha the fire siren sounded briefly, a few vehicles drove past but pedestrians stopped on the pavement and stood in silence.


  4. gravedodger says:

    We (I) just stood in silence from preparing our midday meal and remembered those who died, gave a silent thankyou to all those who acted out of service or for no more reason than they were there and acted instinctively with no thought for self, felt oh so grateful we were not victims, and contemplated a future so different from the city we grew up with. There really is a sense of grieving for all those who transited through a life with the familiar old Christchurch as part of our rich heratige and we wonder what will replace it, some will be scarred for the rest of their lives, many will be feeling guilt for surviving and others will wonder at the total randomness of it all.
    For the survivors, we will build a new city, we will love it, respect it, be proud of it and hand it on to those who come after us as the originals handed their dream to us.
    That is the least we can do in memory of those who died.

    R I P all who died, those known and sadly some souls who will never be formally identified. You were all Cantabrians at 12.51 on Tuesday February the 22nd and as such we honour you all.



  5. pdm says:

    mrs pdm and I were asleep at 11.51pm in London. We, along with our daughter will attend the Vigil at Westminster Cathedral this evening.


  6. Inventory2 says:

    @ Murray – it was hard to read your words and not feel a big lump rising in the throat. You have put what many are feeling eloquently into words.

    Our staff gathered outside, and we were joined by a few others for two minutes silence, followed by a brief prayer for those who have died, and giving thanks for those who are safe.

    The road ahead is a long one for you guys; just know that you are not alone; the vast majority of New Zealanders stand shoulder to shoulder with you.


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