AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her thoughts are with New Zealanders as they mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch.
Flags in the New Zealand city are flying at half-mast in commemoration of the 185 people who died following the 6.3 magnitude quake last February 22.
Ms Gillard said she visited Christchurch after the earthquake and saw the “eerie” empty and damaged CBD.
“It is hard in words to convey what that picture was like,” Ms Gillard told reporters in Adelaide.
“I think today Australians will want to mark this one year by thinking about our New Zealand family and how far they have come during this 12 months and how much more needs to happen.
“Our thoughts are with New Zealanders today, and the people of Christchurch.”