Tihei mauri ora.
To all our friends, family and acquaintances in Christchurch and surrounds, Arohanui ki a koutou.
Our deepest condolences to all those waiting to hear and to those whose waiting is over.
Doc and I are OK and have seen and/or been in touch with many of the friends of Catalyst. There are many others that I hope I will get to see in the coming weeks.
Obviously this curbs our regular activities and I'm sure many of us had already forgotten that Wednesday 2nd March is a scheduled Catalyst night. Needless to say this will not be proceeding, at least in the usual format - perhaps each of us can take a moment tonight to say or read a poem with those we've lost or are losing, in mind. And maybe spare a thought for each other as we endure the days, weeks, months ahead.
I have no word on the state of AL's Bar but Uncle Al is OK at least, I do not know how to reach Ash. My thoughts go out to him. The bar is within the cordon of the CBD so there is no access anyway. Maybe we can all have mini or satelite Catalyst nights in our own homes with friends and family - it's important to stay connected - leave us a comment here on the blog to let us know you're OK too and if you do have a little private reading, tell us what you read or post it in the comments - perhaps we can have a Catalyst via the web. We'd love to hear from you.
For now, we endure. Tomorrow, we prevail.