Trans- Tas­man re­la­tions at an all- time high

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE deadly Christchurch quake has re­port­edly forged a trans-Tas­man bond not seen since the battle on the cliffs at Gal­lipoli.

Spe­cial­ists in Aus­tralia New Zealand re­la­tions say t he ‘ ‘ i ncred­i­ble sup­port’’ Aus­tralia has shown i t s neigh­bour in the wake of the q u a k e h a s b e e n u n p r e - ce­dented.

‘‘ We haven’t seen any­thing like it since those days when the bonds of mate­ship were first formed in 1915,’’ Pro­fes­sor Philippa Mein-Smith, di­rec­tor of the New Zealand Aus­tralia Re­search Cen­tre said.

Based at the Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury in Christchurch, the cen­tre re­mains closed, but Prof Mein-Smith, shaken but un­in­jured in the jolt, said the trans-Tas­man bond was stronger than ever thanks to the gen­er­ous of­fers of per­son­nel, do­na­tions and other ges­tures of sup­port.

‘ ‘ It’s very ob­vi­ous how much New Zealan­ders have been heart­ened by the wealth of warmth and sup­port com­ing from Aus­tralia,’’ she said. ‘‘ It’s like noth­ing we’ve seen in our life­time.’’

Aus­tralian ur­ban search and res­cue teams have been widely ap­plauded for their work in the city.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.