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Wednesday, February 23

Governor-General sends a message of support to the people of Canterbury

Having just left Christchurch this morning it has been with great shock to learn of the latest earthquake to hit Canterbury this afternoon. I have been informed of damage, serious injuries and, most distressingly, significant loss of life.  This latest event, coming after last September's devastating quake, will be traumatic to the people of the city and region who have endured six months of aftershocks while trying to put their lives together.  Despite the devastation wrought, I am confident that the emergency services, local government and people generally will respond to those in need. My wife Susan and I join all New Zealanders in our thoughts for the people of Christchurch and Canterbury at this terrible time.   
Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor-General of New Zealand