New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China
Christchurch Earthquake: Two Minutes Silence
0751 Tuesday 1 March 2011
We are gathered here today to show our solidarity for our fellow countrymen and the people from all countries who have lost their lives or are still missing following the earthquake in Christchurch last week, and for their family members and friends who are mourning them and enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.
This is not just New Zealand’s tragedy. It is an international tragedy that is touching the lives of thousands around the world including, very sadly, many people and families in China.
Today we hold in our minds those people from China still missing in Christchurch. There will be a long and difficult wait for families and friends around the world.
The thoughts of all New Zealanders are with these families, and the New Zealand Government will do everything it can to assist as they wait for news of their loved ones.
We think also of those people who are putting their lives and health at risk in the rescue effort, including the brave Chinese team of rescue professionals who have been working shoulder-to-shoulder with New Zealanders to help those most in need.
New Zealand is deeply grateful for the generosity of spirit shown by China and by the international community.
We now join with New Zealanders and with friends of New Zealand throughout the world in observing two minutes of silence.
New Zealand Embassy