Response to Christchurch earthquake, including condolence book
On 23 February 2011 the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Bill English, made a ministerial statement, updating the House on the response to the severe earthquake that had struck Christchurch the previous day. His speech was followed by speeches from other parties.
The Minister of Civil Defence, the Hon John Carter, then made a ministerial statement advising the House of the declaration of a state of national emergency.
At 2.32 p.m. the House adjourned until Tuesday, 8 March.
The 15 members of Parliament with offices in Canterbury have been given leave by Parliament – their votes will still be able to be cast – so that they can assist constituents and deal with their own homes and offices. Where necessary; alternative contact arrangements have been established to allow constituents to contact the MPs.
A Condolence Book has been set up in the Main Foyer of Parliament House. It is available for signing by members of the Diplomatic Corps and the general public from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The video on demand service for Parliament TV, inthehouse.co.nz, has been unable to upload video since the quake because the editing studios are within the cordoned-off area in Christchurch. You can check their home page under “Latest news” for updates. Access to the archive is unaffected.