Today is the fifth anniversary of the earthquake which struck Canterbury at 12:51 in the afternoon.
It’s a time to remember the 185 people who died, the many more who were injured and those who still carry the scars, whether they be mental or physical.
It’s a time to celebrate the courage of those who helped to save others, the compassion and support from people near and far, and to recognise that over-used but still appropriate word, resilience of Christchurch and it’s people.
Each time I go to the city I marvel at the positive changes and feel great sympathy for those still dealing with the challenges the earthquake and the many aftershocks, have left in their wake.
A lot has been achieved in the rebuild, there’s still a lot more to do.
Today is a day of reflection but it’s also a day of great hope and optimism.
Today we remember the events of five years ago in Christchurch and those who lost their lives. But we also reflect on how far we’ve come, what’s been achieved and look forward to the future with a renewed sense of optimism – John Key.