One week has passed since that terrible day in Christchurch. Today all of New Zealand stood still for 2 minutes to reflect and remember.
The past week has reminded us to be grateful for our family and friends and cherish every moment.
This week has also shown the amazing spirit and generosity of New Zealanders. They have come together to help each other in this time of need, they have opened their hearts and homes to total strangers, they have shown a spirit of resolve to rebuild and start again.
I have also been overwhelmed and proud of Australia's contribution.
Christchurch has a long road ahead. Please help if you can, please donate, please give what you can. If you have planned to visit the South Island this year, please still go. We visit the beautiful South Island every year and this year will be no exception.
We have supported a few auctions on New Zealand's auction website www.trademe.co.nz so please visit the website, you will see a link to all the auctions that are helping the Christchurch appeal.
You will also see a link below on our last post.