It's hard to believe that it's been two years since our lives changed forever.
No-one could have imagined the impact the 22 February quake and subsequent quakes and aftershocks would still be having on our ability to provide health services, and on our home lives.
It's been a period of time which I hope will never be repeated, however, I feel privileged to have been part of an amazing health system in Canterbury as together we've navigated our way through uncharted territory.
We've gathered a few work stories, published articles, videos, and photographs that relate to the 22 February 2011 earthquake together on this website for a dual purpose. Firstly to acknowledge and demonstrate the exemplary way people in the Canterbury Health System reacted on that day and in the days that followed. Secondly, to create an official record that can be viewed by people all over New Zealand, and indeed the world.
Many of our staff have presented at national and international conferences in the past two years since the quake - sharing the knowledge they gained from the event. Some of their presentation material can be found here.
Wherever you sit in the health system, I'd like to say thanks. A heart-felt thanks for the important role you play in making sure Canterbury people continue to receive the right care in the right place at the right time by the right person despite the ongoing environmental challenges.
Chief Executive Officer
Canterbury District Health Board