Trans- Tasman relations at an all- time high
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.