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Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?

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  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Paul Williams,

    TV crews and getting in the way was what Key did last time - I hope it's not so this time around.

    A leadership role - like Bligh's - would be valuable but I'm doubtful he could find it in himself to walk away from the temptation of the those network news bites.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I thought those 'what the fuck are you doing here' looks last time and people clearly and visibly unable to get on with the job because of the crews last time, spoke volumes.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Glad to hear my family all came through OK, but my cousin who is the Head Nurse (IIRC) at Christchurch Hospital will not be having an enjoyable evening I suspect...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1721 posts Report Reply

  • Lara,

    Dad has just walked in the door, thank heaven. We have power where we are in Halswell, if anyone needs it send me an email otagoite2002@yahoo.co.nz . Do not give a shit about politics right now tbh.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2009 • 74 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    I thought those ‘what the fuck are you doing here’ looks last time and people clearly and visibly unable to get on with the job because of the crews last time, spoke volumes.

    Of course if he stayed in Wellington and sent someone else, you’d be complaining too. Stick to the human side of this will you, it’s making my already fragile stomach even queazier.

    If you had just seen the fly by on TV3, maybe whether the Prime Minister was there or not would be put in it’s proper perspective.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Yeah, this sniping at the PM is a bit ridiculous, frankly. Imagine the outcry if he DIDN'T turn up. I'm no fan of the man, but he's doing his job.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to recordari,

    Of course if he stayed in Wellington and sent someone else, you’d be complaining too.

    Not if he'd sent Paula Bennet, you know, the Welfare Minister. Would have shown "good delegation skills" but hey...
    I'm not telling you what to think, just telling you how I feel.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4667 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to recordari,

    If you had just seen the fly by on TV3, maybe whether the Prime Minister was there or not would be put in it’s proper perspective.

    The TV3 feed is playing live here. That's what the world is watching, via ABC. I'm as traumatised by the human side as anyone which I guess is why I commented. I'd like to see the human side attended to with priority.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Nimmo,

    Not if he’d sent Paula Bennet, you know, the Welfare Minister. Would have shown “good delegation skills” but hey…

    You would wish Paula Bennett on Christchurch?

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Since we are all decent people, lets just assume we're all a bit emotional. I certainly am.

    The thing that got me first, not necessarily most, was on the radio when a person called in and asked if he could make a community announcement;

    "Just a message to all the parents of room 5 at the Rudolph Steiner school on the field trip. All your children are fine".

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I'm a bit emotional, and I could do without the political sniping. Please. Or take it over to the other thread. Please please.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Can we have some clarification as to what is meant by "5.20 pm: There are reports that Brighton and Lyttelton are "unliveable"."
    I hope they don't mean "Unsurvivable"

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4667 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Lara,

    Do not give a shit about politics right now tbh.

    I'll say.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7351 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    University seems to have survived ok. Very shaken up this time though- considerably more damage- and all just at the wrong time.
    Chch looks so sad. And Lyttelton. :(

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Would have shown "good delegation skills" but hey...

    I'm mostly just finding it hard to deal with the idea that people will clearly be pulled away from hugely essential work while this visit happens.

    As they will.

    Of course if he stayed in Wellington and sent someone else, you’d be complaining too.

    Actually - no. 24-48 hours later may have been more appropriate that's all.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to recordari,

    just seen the fly by on TV3

    Smouldering ruins. No words

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16480 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Lara,

    Do not give a shit about politics right now tbh.

    +1

    Smouldering ruins. No words.

    +2

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Deborah,

    I could do without the political sniping. Please.

    +3. I'd like to think we're better than that.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16480 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Sacha,

    I could do without the political sniping. Please.

    There's snipers now?
    Look out Mr Key...

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4667 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Sacha,

    I could do without the political sniping. Please.

    +3. I’d like to think we’re better than that.

    Not to mention, it really doesn't help.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Lisa Black,

    Blood supplies will likely be needed. Please do donate if you can.

    The NZ Blood Service have posted this on their Facebook page:

    News media is incorrectly reporting that the Blood Service needs donors now. This is not the case. If and when we need donors we will let you know through Facebook and our website. Please spread the word that this is the case and we'll let you guys know if the situation changes.

    Mistruths spread quickly. For the sake of our pals in Christchurch, please verify any serious info before tweeting or posting.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Not to mention, it really doesn’t help.

    At a time like this any distraction helps. Sitting at a keyboard telling people to worry does not.
    If you want to help, give blood, stay off the phone, volunteer, give advice to those that ask, question your leaders as to how this was possible in a City that has recently been through an earthquake and hasn't even started recovery. This is not political sniping, this is politics.
    ETA. OK, forget the giving blood bit.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4667 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Massive points to the Dean of the Cathedral who has quite possibly lost his important building but has said it doesn't matter and it's only making sure people are ok that counts.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1721 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    This is not political sniping, this is politics.

    This isn't politics. This is a massive disaster. The Prime Minister has just been on TV1 saying 65 people have died. Talk politics all you like, but please don't do it here.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    "Politics (from Greek πολιτικός, "of, for, or relating to citizens")" This IS politics...

    6.03pm: Death toll confirmed at 17 so far by Civil Defence director John Hamilton. Hamilton is briefing reporters at the Beehive bunker now.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4667 posts Report Reply

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