Christchurch Earthquake commemorative ceremony
New Zealand went silent for two minutes at 12.51pm local time, a week since the devastating earthquake. People gathered in solemn ceremony to mourn the tragedy.
In central Christchurch, now our “ground zero”, Maori mourners sang “Whakaaria Mai”, our English and Maori version of the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” .
I found it very affecting. Here’s a youtube presentation of Whakaarai Mai by the choir of St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in beautiful Taradale. They’re singing to College supporters and elders.
This is surely only the beginning of the grieving for Christchurch. We plan to take choirs to sing there in future.