Prince talks to mourners
DEATH may have brought them together but for the tens of thousands of grieving New Zealanders in Christchurch, love ruled the day.
Tributes from as far afield as the Queen, and in the name of God, warmed the souls of the crowds who congregated in the southern capital yesterday to remember the city they lost and their 182 dead.
P r i m e M i n i s t e r J u l i a Gillard, Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Oppo- William told the crowd.
The city’s Anglican Bishop, Reverend Victoria Matthews, also called on the power of love to help people cope with their loss.
‘‘ Amid all the suffering love has triumphed,’’ the reverend said to the 400 family members of those who died, many moved to tears.
‘‘ The spirit of God was present ( when the quake hit) and God hasn’t l eft. Love i s stronger than death.’’
Sporting the proud Canter- bury colours of black and red, the crowd stood solemn and silent throughout the two-hour memorial.
A pile of rubble on the stage symbolised the ruinous state the nearby CBD was left in a f t e r t h e 6 . 3 - ma g n i t u d e quake, while 22 New Zealand flags hung to recognise the disaster’s date.
Speakers, including the Prince, took time to pay respects to those suffering in the wake of Japan’s recent quake and tsunami.