Thanks for all your messages - the amount of concern from the rest of NZ and overseas has been overwhelming - and please keep the positive thoughts coming in our direction. Massive amount of damage, city is a wreck and sadly we've had fatalities this time. Blog may be absent for a bit for obvious reasons.
(However, woman on TV just said, "It was terrible. We were having Kentucky Fried Chicken. We'd just finished it." so I guess there it could've been worse, she could've been halfway through a bucket.)