There are amazing stories coming out of Christchurch now. Thankfully, the human spirit never ceases to astound me.
Tragically it seems no more survivors will be found. My condolences go to all those who have lost loved ones.
But trying to take positives out of such a tragedy is not easy.
I would like to see all New Zealanders, from the Prime Minister down, use the rebuilding of Christchurch, both socially, physically and economically, as a chance to stop and think carefully.
We have an opportunity to put in place amazing change. A rebuilding that could help define us all for this century.
Let people take the opportunity to think.
And let our leaders have the courage to act with wisdom.
Instead of blindly rebuilding the past, let's see if we can start building a new New Zealand.
General Debate 25 June 2016
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