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Abit of a re­al­ity check this week, with the tragic loss of young Alex Mackle in Kaik­oura. One of my re­porters knows the fam­ily, and her son was at school with Alex, so she had the dif­fi­cult task of telling her boy about the ac­ci­dent.

It gave us all pause, on Mon­day night, as we con­sid­ered just how quickly life can change – a sin­gle mo­ment, and the world has turned up­side down and in­side out.

There is noth­ing so cruel as the loss of a child, and it’s as­ton­ish­ing how the world just keeps on mov­ing in such sit­u­a­tions. The sun still rises, traf­fic still flows and the world keeps turn­ing, even though theres a great gap­ing hole in the fab­ric of re­al­ity.

There are no words to con­sole the fam­ily at this time, but I hope they know that even com­plete strangers have been af­fected, and for how­ever short a mo­ment, things did stop. We held our breath, whis­pered a prayer, and took a mo­ment to love our own ba­bies just that lit­tle bit more. Love to you all.

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