As more news emerges from Christchurch, the scale of the tragedy grows. And news that we have received or seen in the last 12-18 hours has made this personal for the Inventory whanau.
Having spent most of her life in Christchurch, She Who Must Be Obeyed has a big network of friends and contacts down there. She is already aware of several who are missing, including one in the CTV building. Also in the ruins of CTV is a woman we met when we were down in Christchurch in November; a senior CTV staffer, full of life and enthusiasm. And we heard last night of a person we know from out of Christchurch who happened to be in the PGG building at 12.51pm on Tuesday, and whose body has been recovered.
It is likely today that names will start to be released for those who died and who have been identified. And we suspect that it is then that we will realise just how small New Zealand is. Last year, 2 Degrees launched a clever advertising campaign on the number of degrees of separation that applies in New Zealand; everyone knows someone who knows someone.
We suspect that, as more deaths are confirmed, and as more names are released, for many of us there will be just one degree of separation. We are all going to be touched in a personal way by this terrible tragedy which has befallen not only Christchurch, but all of New Zealand.