Surf Life Saving New Zealand would like to send its thoughts to all those affected by last night's earthquake and aftershocks.
The central part of the country has experienced some rattles over the past few days with a 6.5 jolt, centered in Seddon (25km from Blenheim), occurring shortly after 5pm last night causing damage around the capital.
Thankfully all our Wellington-based staff and clubs are all unharmed, as is our head office in Cuba Street, however staff will work off-site today.
SLSNZ Acting CEO Mark Weatherall says the Cuba Street office has now been checked and while there is some internal damage, such as photos off the walls and collapsed bookshelves, there is no structural damage to the building and it has been given the all clear.
"However I have requested for the Wellington-based team to work from home today as a precaution. We hope to return back to normal tomorrow," he says.
This morning the NZ Herald reported that the swarm of earthquakes that have been occurring may carry on for weeks.
Wellington Mayor Wade-Brown says the important thing is that Wellintonians are equipped to get through- have an emergency pack ready to go with fresh water supplies and food, know where their safe spaces are in their homes and buildings and connect with their neighbours.
"For now it's about being aware, taking stock of your own situation and having a plan worked out if you need to swing into action," she says.
Our team will all be available as usual via email and on their cell phones. If you wish to get hold of a particular staff member please visit www.surflifesaving.org.nz/stafflisting for their contact details.
Some of the memorabilia fallen in the Board room
One of the office spaces