Christchurch has been a city of delight and happiness for me. I was devastated along with the city when the earthquake hit and destroyed so many of the lovely places I'd explored.

And now this act of horror. Such atrocious behaviour. Killing people in the middle of their devotions? What sort of empty and hate-filled way of life is that? How does that help anyone?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's swift, practical, and emotional response was a model for what other world leaders faced with tragedy and crisis might do.

Her reaction was not about herself; it was for the community and for those most hurt.

Thank you for this poignant offering. for all the fathers on this upcoming Fathers Day who cannot be around to celebrate their vital participation in family life.


Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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