Our thoughts go out to everyone in New Zealand and overseas who has been affected by the recent 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. We didn't feel the quake out here in Brighton, although it was felt quite strongly elsewhere in Dunedin, and we feel very fortunate that none of our friends and family have been directly affected, but this is a tragedy that touches everyone in New Zealand. At this point, the number of casualties is still rising, and large areas of the city are still missing vital water and waste and electricity services. The response from the Civil Defence and Search and Rescue teams has been absolutely amazing, with teams coming in from all over the world to offer support.
Stuff.co.nz has a good page here giving the latest news, and if you want to help out, the best way to do that is probably to donate to the Red Cross: www.redcross.org.nz/donate or the Salvation Army, who are doing a wonderful job providing food and comfort to anyone who needs it.
Edited to add:
A page from the Christchurch City Libraries collection, showing archival photos of old Christchurch, including Cashell St, Colombo St, and Cathedral Square. A reminder of just how old this beautiful city is, and a small indication of how very much has been lost.