Please see below for a Ministerial Statement by Prime Minister John Key to the New Zealand Parliament on 4 March 2011.
On this day two weeks ago, the great city of Christchurch was ripped apart by a devastating earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale.
So far it has been confirmed that 166 loved ones have lost their lives, and we are told that the final death toll could be more than 200.
To lose so many people at once, including many foreign nationals, is hard to fathom. It is a tragedy that one cannot put into words.