When the devastating earthquake in Christchurch struck, many of New Zealand's top Christian leaders were gathering near Wellington.
Among the words that were spoken, Sam Chapman, leading Christian Maori spokesman made this simple and moving speech:
"Why we do wait for a crisis to realise just how precious we are to each other?
We've got a whole society out there saying, "Love me before I become a statistic!
Don't wait till something goes wrong. Love me today!"
I hope that out of the rubble, not just materially, but spiritually, psychologically, that the lesson we learn from tragedies like today, and there will be more . . . is let's love each other! Lets not wait."