Prime Minister John Key has cancelled his trip to Europe to stay at home and deal with the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake.
Mr Key was due to leave for Britain on Friday night for a week long trip that would have included meetings with the British Prime Minister and President of France.
However, he has now decided that he should remain in New Zealand.
Question Time in Parliament has also been cancelled. MPs from across the House agree its usual combative style is inappropriate following Saturday's earthquake.