Earthquake Pledge signatures found

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Last updated 12:19 30/06/2013
Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Lucy Balfour, who signed The Pledge in New Brighton.
STILL ON MY MIND: Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Lucy Balfour, who signed The Pledge in New Brighton.

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Christchurch's 12,000 lost earthquake Pledge signatures have been found in an offsite storage facility of Rainbow Print.

The discovery came after story in Saturday's Weekend Press about the lost volumes jogged the memory of a former Rainbow Print staff member.

He recalled they had been shifted and stored elsewhere from the Wigram plant when earthquake repair work was carried out.

Rainbow Print managing director John Boyle confirmed the ceremonial bound volumes had been recovered safely.

The volumes contained signatures and comments from 12,000 people across the city who made a commitment to back the city and the rebuild.

They were collected over weeks immediately after the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

City lawyer Garth Gallaway organised the Pledge campaign as a way to give people a chance to say they loved Christchurch and to make an emotional commitment to it.

Rainbow Print organised the collation and binding of the signatures into ceremonial volumes for free. It was storing the volumes until they were handed to the city council for permanent keeping.

Boyle said it was a "huge relief" to find the books.

He said "a minor administration oversight" had led to them going missing and Rainbow Print was proud of its tracking processes.

"I'm sure most people would understand how this could happen at a time when everyone is under the pump and doing whatever they can to support positive initiatives such as The Pledge.

"He said the volumes would now be stored safely with all the right documentation.

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