Today in Auckland many of us wore red and black, the colours of Canterbury, as a way of showing our support.
Today at 12.51 pm, all over the country, we paused for 2 minutes’ silence.
This afternoon I searched for red and black on the beach, and with the tide advancing behind my back, I made this symbol for Christchurch and all those affected by the earthquake.
It’s the yin-yang symbol of eternal flux. It asserts that night becomes day, and day night; birth becomes death and death birth. Out of destruction comes creation.
Life reasserts itself; the cycle is endless; out of despair comes hope.

By not wanting, there is calm
And the world will straighten itself.
When there is silence,
one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.
 (Tao Te Ching, 37th verse)