British High Commission - Christchurch Earthquake
Tuesday February the 22nd.
The British High Commissioner to
New Zealand, Mrs Vicki Treadell has said she is saddened and
shocked by the latest Christchurch earthquake.
“The British Government is ready to offer any assistance
to the people of Christchurch.”
The British High
Commission in New Zealand is standing by to help any
British National caught up in today’s 6.3 quake
.Further advice on the quake will be issued but in the
meantime British Nationals affected by the quake are asked
to contact the Global Response Centre at 0044 207 008
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
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