I live in the south of the city, which was one of the better off areas. My father, who commutes to work in the city, fought for 3 hours to drive the 10km to pick myself and my flatmate up and drive to my hometown an hour out of the city. We will remain here for the current time. For the sake of personal privacy and out of respect for more pressing stories, that is all I will say about my personal situation, but all of my friends and family are safe.
More information and photos can be found at the TVNZ news site
The thoughts and prayers of those who have been in contact are much appreciated. As you can imagine, my blogging is likely to be disrupted for the current time.