Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Recalling Experiences of the Christchurch Earthquake

Recalling Experiences of the Christchurch Earthquake

American political, military and business leaders who were in Christchurch, New Zealand when a deadly earthquake struck last month gathered last night (15 March) for dinner at the New Zealand Ambassador’s Residence in Washington.

They recounted their experiences and offered support to those affected by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, as well as the more recent earthquake in Japan.

Over 50 US officials were in Christchurch on the day of the earthquake to attend a United States-New Zealand Partnership Forum focussed on looking at ways to progress the bilateral relationship.

Congressman Donald Manzullo, who was in New Zealand at the time of the earthquake as part of a Congressional Delegation, led a group prayer and offered condolences for those affected by the events in New Zealand and Japan.

US Assistant Secretary of State, Dr Kurt Campbell, spoke heartfelt words about how his thoughts were now too with those in Japan, particularly those risking their lives to contain emissions from the overheated nuclear reactors.

About his experience in New Zealand, Dr Campbell praised the way New Zealanders came together to assist those in need, and how the New Zealand authorities acted with professionalism and efficiency in their evacuation, and search and rescue efforts.

New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, Rt Hon Mike Moore, said: “The generosity and friendship that was experienced that day – these are the memories that will keep us warm in our old age.”

Ambassador Moore also pointed out that the New Zealand search and rescue team dispatched to Japan after its earthquake had used equipment and logistical support gifted by the United States.

“The raw decency of Americans since the earthquake has been overwhelming,” Ambassador Moore said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

AMA: Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news