The amazing support from Southlanders after the Canterbury earthquake last week went beyond what anyone could imagine.

Organisers of a Southland drive for clothes, household equipment and other essentials for relocated families were overwhelmed with the generosity of locals.  Our emergency services staff headed north, and people offered themselves to help selflessly.

Many of us have family in the Christchurch region, and the destruction has been raw and affected all.  Kiwis in a time of crisis really do throw all hands to the pump, and while we may feel helpless, it’s the little things that make a difference.

In helping dislocated Cantabrians, we are doing our bit.  Reading and hearing of what we in the deep South have contributed to the relief effort makes me proud to be a Southlander and a New Zealander.