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Prime Minister John Key says Samoa tsunami has affected all NZ
« on: November 18, 2009, 04:02:24 PM »
Tsunami has affected all NZ


The tragedy of the Pacific tsunami has deeply affected all of New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key said yesterday.

People from across the community met in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell, to remember those who lost their lives. Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Saielel Malielegaoi and Tongan Prime Minister Feleti Sevele joined clergy from several Christian denominations.

Mr Key gave his condolences on behalf of all New Zealanders: "It [the tsunami] tore families apart and changed forever the lives of thousands more." From the horrors of the disaster he had seen the determination of the Samoan, Tongan and American Samoan people shine through.

Mr Key said the Pacific community would work hard to rebuild. "But other scars won't heal so quickly."

He said the responsibility of grieving friends and relatives was to cherish and celebrate the lives of those who had been lost.

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