When disaster strikes it is all too easy, and all too common, for the voices of the victims and of the bereaved to be lost amid the general tumult and affright. For the sake of his beloved wife, who was lost in the ruin of the CTV building, he could not allow that to happen.
Accordingly, he founded the Quake Families Group to ensure that the many little voices that individually could easily be drowned out were combined into one powerful one that could not be ignored.
He arranged for a lawyer representing the Group to attend meetings of the subsequent Royal Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the voice of the Group was heard. He worked with the Red Cross to help support the members of the Group, and with the Christchurch City Council to make sure that the CTV site was landscaped and beautified.
He works with the Council to campaign for better and safer building standards to ensure that the lessons learnt from the collapse of the CTV building are never forgotten.
Perhaps most importantly, in forming the Quake Families Group he has woven together, on the loom of shared tragedy, a large number of otherwise disparate strands into a company of lifelong friends.