Although much healing and recovery has occurred in the community, the road has been, and remains, long and difficult, with painful trauma lingering.
As we mark this sombre milestone, our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and whānau of loved ones lost, and the many still recovering from the physical and mental trauma of that day.
We also extend our solidarity to Christchurch Hospital emergency department staff, and all healthcare workers and emergency responders, who stood tall to serve their communities in its time of need.
Alongside the official memorial service in Christchurch on 15 March, I am sure for many this will also be a time of personal and community reflection.
Mindful that such milestones can resurface painful memories and experiences, I reiterate the importance of looking out for ourselves and each other; not just at times like these, but in the face of ongoing challenges we all face over the course of our work and lives.
The College is part of your support network, and I would like to remind you that the College offers an assistance program (EAP) to all members and trainees – details are available here.
He waka eke noa – a waka (canoe) we are all in with no exception.
Dr John Bonning