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New Zealand High Commissioner acknowledges Tongan support of Christchurch tragedy

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28 February 2011  At the memorial service held at the Centenary Church in Nuku'alofa on Sunday New Zealand High Commissioner Dr Jonathan Austin expressed thanks for the many messages of condolence received by the High Commission following the Christchurch Earthquake.

"At this difficult time New Zealand deeply appreciates the thoughts and prayers of our friends and neighbours," Dr Austin said.

"On behalf of the Government and People of New Zealand, I would like to thank the Government and People of Tonga for their messages of support, offers of assistance and contributions to emergency appeals."

"The memorial service was a fitting and moving tribute. The High Commission is most grateful to those who organised it and those who contributed to a truly memorable occasion."

A condolence book has been opened at the High Commission on Taufa'ahau Road. It is open for public signature from 10-12 and 2-4 daily until Friday this week.

Prime Minister John Key has launched a global appeal for Christchurch. Donations may be made at www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz

Further information is available at www.facebook.com/christchurchearthquakeappeal

ENDS

Issued by the: New Zealand High Commission, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

 

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