On 22 February 2011, Christchurch and the surrounding area were struck by an earthquake that caused severe damage and tragic casualties.
The New Zealand Government has launched an appeal to help the people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region during this time of great need. You can help make a difference by donating to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
Localised civil unrest has been occurring at night in parts of London since 6 August when a protest against the police shooting of a man in Tottenham turned violent. Riot police have been deployed to contain the unrest which has seen vehicles, rubbish bins and buildings set alight and shops looted. At times there have been violent clashes between rioters and the police.
This year, as part of the City of London Festival (1), Barbican Film presents from 1 to 3 July, the New Zealand Film Festival, a showcase of the latest films from New Zealand, along with the best recent releases and shorts.