Thousands attended a memorial service in Christchurch
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New Zealand mourns quake victims

People across New Zealand hold memorial services to remember the 185 who died in the earthquake that devastated central Christchurch a year ago.

People across New Zealand have been holding memorial services to remember the 185 people who died in a powerful earthquake in Christchurch a year ago.

Two minutes silence were observed at 12:51 local time - the exact moment the 6.3-magnitude quake struck.

Prime Minister John Key said the tremor had "changed everything", but had not broken the city's spirit.

The quake wrecked central Christchurch, and is considered the country's worst natural disaster in 80 years.

Lucy Hockings reports.

  • 22 Feb
  • From the section Asia