Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Jo Kane, who lives on the outskirts of the southern city, said the quake had left people "shell-shocked".

Jo Kane, who lives on the outskirts of the southern city, said the quake had left people "shell-shocked".
I'm a Wellington girl and I grew up with earthquakes, but I'm telling you I'm sitting here with an expression like an opossum in the headlights.

Witnesses Tell Of Quake Terror In NZ City


click on the link above and
dubble click on the video to see the damage

Devastating earthquake in Christchurch

Our thoughts and our sympathy are with the victims and family of this devastating earthquake in Christchurch.

David Ayers, Mayor of Waimakariri District is reporting:
The Waimakariri District got through today relatively OK.
There is a lot of liquefaction (again) in Kaiapoi and Pines/Kairaki and further damage to buildings - but none of the tragic loss of life and damage experienced by Christchurch.
Our infrastructure has largely survived.
Our main worry is local people who would have been in Christchurch at the time of the quake.

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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Visit to the Battlefields

Chris Powell the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Auckland (CRO) & Northland Battalion group was our guest during the weekend. On the 16th LtCol Chris Powell attended a formal re-interment ceremony at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery for an Auckland Regiment Soldier of the Great War. After visiting in Northern France places as Flers, Arras and Le Quesnois he came to the Passchendaele Region, visiting not only Passchendaele but also Messines.

He was welcomed by 1st Alderman Franky Bryon. They know each other since they met in October 2009 for the opening of the exhibiton "The Belgians Have not Forgotten " in Auckland.

Chris was visiting the Museum in Passchendaele and in Messines, while he was doing a Battlefield trip "in the trail of the New Zealanders". But also 's Graventafel, Belle Vue spur, Tyne Cot, Polygon Wood Cemetery, Butte's New British Cemetery, The Nicholas VC and Frickleton VC memorials and Perth Cemetery, Wieltje, Kansas Cross, Berlin Wood and other places of interest for New Zealand as the Memorials for the Missing New Zealanders during WWI.

In the Visitor Centre at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passchendaele he could see that Auckland Soldiers are also commemorated every day to pay a tribute to their sacrifice.

A lot of time was spend to commemorate all New Zealand victims on the different memorials , but also individual graves have been visited on different cemeteries.

At 8 PM, as every day, there was a Last Post under the Menin Gate. LtCol Powell was welcomed by Guy Gruwez, Honorary Chairman of the Last Post Association. Chris was given the honor to read the Ode in front of at least 500 visitors.

It was a very cold and wet weekend to do a Battlefield trip.
But Belgian beer and a plate of Belgian shrimps in good company was a worthy end for a commemorative weekend