Quake victim honoured
A man who died in the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building on February 22, 2011, was remembered yesterday at the official reopening of a former central Christchurch accounting firm.
Leech and Partners, which was based in the PGC building, was officially opened at its new location in Mandeville St, Riccarton, by Prime Minister John Key.
The firm has been based in the new building since March.
Phillip McDonald, a director of the company, died when the PGC building collapsed. His wife Sharon attended the opening.
Key said he wanted to attend the official opening and cut the ribbon in honour of McDonald.
"A really positive part of my day has been dominated by building reopenings. This is the third reopening I've been to today.
"I think Christchurch has turned over a leaf," Key said.
Gary Leech, one of the company's directors, said the event was something for Canterbury to celebrate.
"It's not just about a little accounting firm opening its doors, it's about rebuilding Christchurch, and to some extent rebuilding ourselves," he said.
"It's been a long, hard road, for our staff in particular," Leech said.
Leech and Partners senior accountant Nick Walls, who survived 10 hours pinned under his desk in the collapsed PGC building, said it was a "big honour" having Key open the building.
Walls said it had not been ruled out that the company would one day return to central Christchurch.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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