Queenstown shows its support

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Earthquake-affected Cantabrians were given a Southern Lakes reminder that they’re not alone at a special service in Queenstown today.

About 60 people – including several from the devastated city – attended a live viewing of the National Christchurch Memorial Service in Hagley Park at Frankton’s City Impact Church.

Before the official ceremony began, members of Kiwi Haka sang a waiata and Queenstown Lakes District Council boss Debra Lawson had a message for the displaced Cantabrians currently living in the resort.

“To those people I say – you are very welcome. You have our complete support and we are here for you.”

She added: “To our community – so few of whom are not affected in some way, our thoughts are with you too.”

Lawson also offered an “enormous thank you” to people in the district who have helped in any way.

She read out a message from mayor Vanessa van Uden, who is in Christchurch for the memorial service.

“You have lost people and lives, but not your identity. You have our support for the hard road ahead to rebuild and restore and to heal.

“We offer our strength, our support and our friendship as South Islanders and as New Zealanders.”