A big thanks to all the staff at Council and in Government departments who have worked so hard to check that the city is safe to return to. I know personally how hard you have worked.
The good news is that the city stood up well to this quake. But a very stark reminder that there is still much to do to prepare for future quakes. We have over 600 earthquake prone buildings and we know that still, people do not have emergency plans and supplies in place.
I hope that people will take concrete action over the next few weeks to prepare, we know that complacency will soon set in for many.
Photo courtesy of Kent Blychenden, Fairfax New Zealand