30 Apr '11, 4am

New Zealand thanks Singapore for earthquake help

New Zealand thanks Singapore for earthquake help

Assistant Commissioner Yap (left) and Lieutenant-General Neo holding the pounamu mere - green-coloured stones symbolising courage and leadership - which were presented by Dr Mapp (centre) to say thanks for Singapore's help after the Christchurch quake. -- PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG WHEN New Zealand's second-largest city was rocked by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake earlier this year, Singapore servicemen were quick to lend a hand. Their hard work did not go unnoticed. On Friday, New Zealand Defence Minister Wayne Mapp gave tokens of appreciation to Singapore Chief of Defence Force Neo Kian Hong and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Assistant Commissioner Eric Yap. They came in the form of pounamu mere - foot-long green coloured stones which symbolise courage and leadership - and were presented on board the HMNZS Te Mana, a 3,600 ton warship. In February, tragedy struck as Christch...

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