Hi Fran & Geoff,
I have been looking at your blog, what a lot of travelling you have done!!. We enjoyed our trip to Australia and NZ, but glad we were not there in February. One tremor on Boxing Day was enough for me! Sheila and Paul have power but still no water. They are using their friend Anne's for showering and washing clothes. Very difficult for them, but as Sheila said they are alive. I don't think she knew anyone who has died, she hasn't said.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday and I will speak to you when you return.