15 Mar 2011

Parliament offers condolences to the people of Japan

8:26 pm on 15 March 2011

Parliament has expressed condolences to the people of Japan for the losses suffered after Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

The notice of motion was moved in the House on Tuesday afternoon by Prime Minister John Key, and was supported by all political parties.

Mr Key says New Zealanders have watched the scenes from Japan in horror and disbelief.

Coming less than a month after the deadly Christchurch earthquake, he says people in this country know all too well the pain, stress and heartbreak caused by a natural disaster.

Labour Party leader Phil Goff says it is a disaster on a massive scale, and New Zealanders will want to offer Japan whatever help they can.

MPs paid tribute to the Japanese search and rescue workers who helped in Christchurch.

ACT Party leader Rodney Hide says Japan was one of the first countries to come to the aid of New Zealand after last month's earthquake.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says her appreciation and aroha goes to the Japanese workers who are returning to their own homeland.