It was ten years ago today that a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Canterbury, causing widespread damage.
Little did we know that the devastation of 4 September 2010 was only the beginning of what would become an ongoing period of major upheaval, including four further major earthquakes, thousands of aftershocks, and the horrors of a terrorist attack.
Anniversaries are a time for reflection for many, and I know that many of our members will have cause to reflect on what may have been lost. However, I also hope you are able to reflect on the positives that have come from your amazing city. The bravery by first responders, the extraordinary work by health and public service providers (which includes many of you as public servants), the emergence of dozens of community efforts to aid the region.
The city of Christchurch is made up of some of Aotearoa New Zealand's strongest and most caring. The support you have shown to one another has been demonstrably limitless, and your dedication to rebuilding is a testament to the boundless aroha that makes Canterbury what it is today: not a city in disrepair, but a home in progress. From the devastation that these tragic events left behind, a progressive and vibrant city has emerged; a beacon of what New Zealanders can achieve when we work together.
I also awhi our members at MSD Work and Income who this week have been remembering the loss of their two Ashburton colleagues in 2014. You are remembered.
My thoughts are with each and every one of you today. Kia kaha Canterbury.