We feel horror and sympathy for everyone affected by the earthquake in Christchurch. After beginning the slow recovery from the earthquake in September, they were yet again rocked by a huge aftershock yesterday which has killed many and destroyed vast areas of the city and outlying areas.
Watching the news all day yesterday I was reminded of footage from the Twin Towers - debris and dust clouds with people emerging from them. It's truly horrific.
It's incredibly emotional. New Zealand is a tiny country, we have a small population, this affects everyone. It's quite simply, a total disaster.