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How Twitter brought us news that our family in Christchurch was safe – a remarkable story.




Christchurch was my first New Zealand home. I arrived there with my wife and baby son Laurie in September 1964 to take up a lecturing job at Canterbury University. My first office was in what is now the Christchurch Arts Centre, damaged in yesterday’s horrendous earthquake.

My two daughters, Naomi and Rebecca were both born in Christchurch.  Four months ago Rebecca’s son, my newest grandchild, Inigo Peter, was born there too.

It would be strange if I did not have a particular affection for the city.

It was there too that I spent one of the happiest periods of my professional life, as a reporter on the regional magazine programme Town and Around, getting to know the New Zealanders of Canterbury and the West Coast in a way not possible for most new immigrants. They took this gaunt, skinny Irishman with his bizarre accent into their homes and hearts with a warmth I would never quite feel again as a broadcaster on the national stage. The entire district became my village. I ceased to be a stranger in a strange land. I felt that I belonged. 

Rebecca, her husband Andy and four of my eleven grandchildren now live in Sumner. Judy and I spent most of yesterday watching the television coverage from the devastated city. Communication with my daughter seemed impossible. Phone, email and text brought no response. Were they all right? We scanned the TV coverage for clues about how Sumner had fared, but most of the footage was understandably about the ravaged central city.

Judy had brought her laptop into the living room and was… tweeting!  Read the rest of this entry »