Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Governor General Marks One Year Since ChCh Sept 4 Quake

The Governor-General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has issued a message to reflect on the year that has passed since the 4 September 2010 earthquake.

Early in the morning on 4 September 2010, a violent earthquake shook Christchurch and Canterbury. No lives were lost, but the tragedy and devastation that would unfold in the coming 12 months, could not be imagined. On that very same day, nine lives were lost in an aircraft accident at Fox Glacier on the West Coast.

That the country’s worst mining disaster since 1914 would follow, taking the lives of 29 men in the mine explosions of late November 2010, cut deeper into the hearts of all New Zealanders as we grieved alongside the friends and families of those that were lost. That a subsequent earthquake near Christchurch on 22 February should occur, resulting in significant loss of life, was something that none of us would have ever anticipated.

As a nation, we have endured enormous pain and sorrow during the past year. We have stood together in a time of great adversity, and have shown the rest of the world what being a unified family and community really means. We have demonstrated compassion, love and kindness to each other, sharing the burden of loss with those suffering.

I am proud to be Governor-General of a nation which demonstrates the best of human qualities in the darkest of times.

The challenge I set before every New Zealander is that of continued unity. Everyone can significantly contribute to our community and our country by exemplifying that legendary Kiwi spirit, in every situation placed before us.

As the third verse of our national anthem says:

Nei ka tono ko ngā hē. Māu e whakaahu kē, Kia ora mārire Aotearoa

From dissension, envy, hate, And corruption guard our state, Make our country good and great, God defend New Zealand.

Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM QSO Governor-General of New Zealand

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022

At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...


Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels