Letter from William Hague on the Christchurch Anniversary
22nd February 2012
Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague has written to New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully offering his condolences to the people of New Zealand on the anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.
The letter says
“As we approach the first anniversary of the devastating Canterbury earthquake, I am writing to express once more my condolences and assure you that my thoughts remain with all those affected by the tragedy , especially the residents of Christchurch.”
It is difficult to imagine how Cantabrians have coped with the aftermath of this tragedy, including the 10,000 aftershocks which I know they have endured since the original quake .It is a testament to the Kiwi spirit that we witness the citizens of Christchurch determined to see their city rebuilt .Britain stands ready to help you in the journey ahead . I look forward to the day when we can celebrate a new iconic city of the 21st century emerging from the destruction of the old.”