I have had the opportunity of spending some time with Bishop John Gray at Te Waipounamu Hui Amorangi headquarters at 290 Ferry Rd yesterday. Although everyone is stressed and tired, their morale is all right. They are putting back books on shelves and cleaning up the mess. There is some liquefaction in the compound grounds. Bishop John Gray is seeking out news of all parishioners in Christchurch and surrounding areas. So far no one seems to have died or been badly hurt. The Hui Amorangi compound is accommodating some homeless people from the last quake and more accommodation may be needed.
Bishop Victoria Matthews has set up her own headquarters in a building opposite St Barnabas Church Roseneath. Her own house has had to be evacuated and is unsafe. Many churches are damaged and many parishioners are hugely affected. Bishop Victoria feels that clergy from the surrounding areas will be able to supply the church needs at this time of overload and high anxiety.
You will have seen the Bishops Appeal Fund now operating through the Wellington Diocesan office and the recent message from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
It is most likely that outside help may be needed at the time that funerals begin. Thank you for all your prayers. I will keep in touch.
The Sisters of the Community of the Sacred Name have been evacuated to Ashburton.
Archbishop Moxon on behalf of the Primates