New Zealand governor-general sends New Year message

10:33, January 01, 2011      

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New Zealand Governor-General Anand Satyanand said 2010 was marked by disasters and tragedies but New Zealanders' response to them showed the strength and resilience of their character.

In his New Year message, Anand Satyanand touched on the deaths of members of the New Zealand Defense Force, the loss of 29 men at the Pike River Coal mine and the devastation of the 7.1 magnitude Canterbury earthquake in South Island.

However, there were a number of positive points, especially in sport and there were good signs for the country's ability to host the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The optimism, positive spirit and determination of people will be among the most treasured memories, he said.

This year will mark the end of Anand Satyanand's five-year term as governor-general.

Source: Xinhua
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