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That day: What impact did February 22 have on your life?

Last updated 10:25 03/02/2012
Debris lies in the street after the Christchurch tremor.

Debris lies in the street after the Christchurch tremor.

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February 22: Your Stories

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Few Kiwis will ever forget February 22, 2011.

At 12.51pm, the Christchurch earthquake devastated New Zealand's Garden City, killing more than 180 people, destroying many homes and heritage buildings and affecting tens of thousands of citizens. 

The earthquake brought a city to its knees and broke a nation's heart. It was a disaster beyond comprehension that ruined countless lives. Hopes faded and dreams crumbled, much like that once-mighty cathedral.

The little boy who never made it to his six-month birthday. The brother who was due to give his sister away at her wedding. The father who left home to get groceries, never to return to his wife and their children. 

We want to collect your reflections of that day for our special anniversary project, to remind the nation of the events of that day and to stand as a historical archive.

What was your personal experience? How did your day begin and how did it end? 

Whether you were in Christchurch or not, we want you to take us back to February 22 and walk us through your journey of New Zealand's darkest day.  Tell us your story, in words or pictures or video.

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