1824: The death toll is now thought to be around 65. Words are inadequate.
1810: Tv3’s coverage with Hilary Barry has been carried live on four Australian channels – SBS, SKY, 7 and 9. Hilary has done an incredibly professional job in trying circumstances.
1808: Civil Defence have confirmed 17 deaths to date. A terrible terrible tragedy. The toll may yet rise further.
1415: The Police have sadly confirmed reports of multiple fatalities including from buildings falling on two buses. This is very bad. It seems this quake was so near the surface it has done more damage than the last one.
Poor Canterbury. It sounds like a lot of damage but no firm news on those injured or worse.
I’m in Australia for work but will update when I can.
Thoughts are with everyone down south.
UPDATE: House question time cancelled for statements on earthquake. Emergency cabinet meeting starts at 3 pm.