Rescue workers climb onto wreckage of the Pyne Gould Corporation building in central Christchurch.
Rescue workers climb onto wreckage of the Pyne Gould Corporation building in central Christchurch. NZ Herald/ Mark Mitchell

Jets duo fear for loved ones in NZ

IPSWICH Jets recruit TJ Fonoti watched in horror as Christchurch, the New Zealand city he was born in, resembled the set of a blockbuster movie scene.

Mr Fonoti, whose Uni Links home in Churchill was ruined in January's flood, said he spent the past two days a nervous wreck waiting to hear whether several of his family members had escaped the 6.3-magnitude quake that tore through Christchurch's infrastructure.

The quake is New Zealand's worst natural disaster since 1931.

"I was born in Christchurch and I have cousins, uncles, aunties, grandparents, just about everyone that isn't my immediate family there," Mr Fonoti said.

"It's awful not knowing how they are.

"I tried Facebook and my parents are also trying to call them, but we don't think they have power.

"I just hope they're okay."

Fonoti will play wing for the Ipswich Jets Queensland Cup side this year.

His room-mate and fellow Jets player, Auckland-born Trent Wallace, is also concerned for some of his closest friends who are studying in Christchurch.

"I have a lot of uni mates in Christchurch and I haven't heard if they're okay," Mr Wallace said.

"Thankfully all my family are in Auckland and we don't have relatives in Christchurch.

"But my good mates are there and I hope they made it through all this. It's scary."



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