Frances Walker Tizard, 1850-1895 :[Kawakawa. ca 1880]The National Library extends its sympathy to all those affected by the Christchurch earthquake

Kōkiri, kōkiri, kōkiri
Whakarongo ake au ki ngā reo o te motu
E karanga mai ana
Huakinga mai ngā tatau o tō whare
Kia mahi ngātahi tātou, kia tangi ai tātou
I te puna aroha o Aotearoa

Ko Rūaumoko e ngunguru nei!
Ka tanuku, ka tanuku koa te tihi ki Aoraki e!
He Aitua! He Parekura! He Matenga!
Hei ngā Ika Takoto a Tiki,
Hei ngā tāruke, hei ngā apahau, haere, haere, moe mai rā.

Ki ngā makorea, ngā morehu e ūhia nei e te kahu taratara o Parekura,
Me pēhea nei te kōrero ki a koutou? Mā te Atua koutou katoa e tiaki, e manaaki.
Kia kaha rā, kia kaha rā!

The message from the people
Clearly asks us
To open our doors
So that we may work in unison,
and grieve together,
With the pool of generous love of Aotearoa

It is Rūaumoko the earth shaker, rumbling!
Crumbled down, the summit of Aoraki lies in a heap!
This is a great disaster!
Those many who have passed on, and all souls, rest in peace.

To the survivors who have been affected by this adversity
What can be said? May the Creator guard, and protect you all.
Be strong. Be staunch!

Our thoughts are with those affected by the earthquake.

If you would like to help, the Government has started a public appeal for donations. The donations will be used to help the communities, families and people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region.

Donate through the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal site

General information is available from cera.govt.nz.nz

Information about the Library since the February 22 earthquake

Ross Becker's photos from the Christchurch Red Zone, May 2011

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