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I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

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- David Clark

The Quake

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch as the true horror of yesterday’s quake becomes apparent.  I spent much of yesterday checking up on students at Selwyn College where I am Head of Hall.  While immediate family seem to be safe, some still have friends or wider family unaccounted for. 

This evening a service was held at neighbouring All Saints Church.  Prayers were said for those known to have died or still missing, and for their families and friends.  Sadly, I feel sure there will be more bad news to come. 

A Dunedin group has set up a site for people fleeing the Christchurch area who are heading to Dunedin & need temporary, free accommodation. The site is set up by volunteers, with support from the OPIA and the Red Cross to co-ordinate people offering accommodation with people seeking accommodation.

Stuff has a how to help page up.  Donations can be made to the Red Cross online.  A facility to find people is also available.

The people of Christchurch have shown themselves to be resilient but the tragic loss of life in this quake just seems unfair. People from Christchurch have told me that the community spirit is strong after the first quake: that people have achieved a sense of common purpose through suffering.  I trust there will be a silver-lining, because right now things look pretty bleak.

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  1. 2 March, 2011
    Jo

    I’m proud to be a New Zealander when I see all the donations and work that people are doing.

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