‘My Story’- Amber, 9, Parkview Primary

I was at the library at school, there was a big 2D cardboard rocket it fell on my head. Everyone beat me to the tables, desk and doorway. Since the bookshelves are on wheels they were going up and down the library. I finally got to the other side of the library and only got my head under a desk. We went back to class my teachers special shelves were all on a angle and the class was a mess.Next thing the school flooded with liquefaction and the corner of the playgrand exploded on me when I went outside. When Nona came and got me and my sisters I was so happy I cried. We went to my auntys house and stand in the doorway. We were waiting for mum who was in town and trying to get to us. We then went out to my Nona and PopPops with my Aunty. Uncle and cousins. The live out of town and we don’t feel the shocks much, I feel safe here.

39 Responses to “‘My Story’- Amber, 9, Parkview Primary”

  1. Jasmine Quinn says:

    I am very glad you feel safe there Amber. I can’t imagine how it feels to be there. We all feel very helpless here. Stay safe! :)

  2. Caroline says:

    Thanks for telling your story Amber. Glad you are safe ! Big hugs to you all Caroline xx

  3. Amber,
    I’m sorry you had to go through such an awful experience, but since you do live in a EQ area, it’s really good to know what to do when the worst happens.
    Thank God you came away from this experience with just dirt all over you and a bump or 2, but you are okay. I love you. Grandma

  4. Hello Amber my special friend. Your story was very good, it explains what you went through very clearly. I wanted to know that you all were safe as soon as I heard . As you know I love you all very much. I am so pleased that you are all at Nona and PopPops house it is good to be with family at times like this. Please give my love to everyone and a big hug and kiss to you, Autumn and Jade, tell my smallest friend Jade that Chrissie loves her.
    Thank you for sharing your story,
    I love you very much too sweetheart.
    Take care,
    Love from Chrissie and John.

  5. Pauline says:

    Hi Amber
    Well done for telling your story. Good for you to do your best to get under cover. I’m VERY happy you feel safe where you are now!


  6. Kimberly Bruce says:


    I’m glad to hear you are ok and safe at your Grandparents’ house. I would have cried too when I saw my family too. I love you very much and hope to see you very soon on Skype.

    Auntie Kim

  7. ella says:

    Kia ora Amber

    Wow! You had a day and a half! I hope your head didn’t get hurt with the cardboard rocket landing on it.

    No wonder after that bump everyone beat you to the tables, desks and doorways but I am pleased to hear you managed to get part of you under a desk.

    It sounds scarey everything moving about so weirdly in the library and them to see the wrecked classroom.

    I hope you are feeling better after all the terrible things that happened, it would have been lovely for you to see Nona and then Pops and everyone else.

    Mum would have been so happy to see you too!

    I am thinking of you lots Amber and wish you and all your family all the very best.

    From Ella in Auckland.

  8. Mrs Hunt says:

    Dear Amber
    I am so pleased you are all ok. It is such an awful thing that has happened to you and Christchurch. We are thinking of you all and hope and pray things will get better as soon as they can. Lots of love wee friend.
    Mrs Hunt

  9. meg knowler says:

    hi Amber its Meg Knowler from T.C.C we have all read your story I feel so sorry what you had to go through!We hope you are ok now and I hope you feel much better.

  10. jaimee watson says:

    Omg r u ok? i feel sooooooo sad i found out that there was an earthquake when i was in the middle of a game of four square when a group of girls walk past with there phones in there hands talk out loud like “omg there was just an earthquake “. how is your family? so good to here from you


    p.s i hope you r ok :)

  11. olivia hammond says:

    i hope you are ok?

  12. thomas stratton says:

    kia ora Amber
    Is your family ok? r u ok? gosh that earthquake was tragic and deadly. us guys at t.c.c are making sure your ok (and your family). just checking on ya.

    From thomas

    P.S hope u r ok

    • Amber says:

      Thank you it was very scary and sad but we are lucky all of our family are ok but school is still closed. Our house is ok but we have some cracks and one light fell out the ceiling.

  13. Olivia hammond says:

    Hi Amber

    i hope you are ok?
    how is your family are they ok?

    From Olivia :)

  14. Kelsey says:

    To Amber

    Hi my name is kelsey and I am 10 years of age. I go to Pukete School in Hamilton and my
    teacher is Mrs Hanks. I am very sorry that you have experienced two very big earthquakes.
    I hope your houseand school is not too damaged and still livable. I hope that your family and
    friends are ok and not hurt, I know how heartbreaking and devastating it is to lose a loved one
    and I dont want other people like you to feel it. I know its going to be a long road rebuiding your
    city but you have done it before and you can do it again. Good luck rebuilding your Library
    shelves also. You have all of our love.
    from Kelsey

    • Amber says:

      Thank you very much for your long comment. I am very lucky as all my family and friends are ok. Our house has some cracks and a light fell out but we are able to live there it got a green sticker – which means it is ok.
      School is still closed and the road is all broken outside of school.
      Thank you for writing a comment.

      • Kelsey says:

        Im glad that your ok and you can still live in your house. I can still not amagine being in a EQ

        All our love Kelsey

  15. alex sutton and nathen green says:

    thanks for posting your story about your eathquake experiance.kids like us don’t know what its like to be in a 6.3 eathquake you must of been horrorfeid. we hope your house and family is ok

  16. JOE says:

    I am sorry about all the damage in Christchurch. We are having a silly hair day for you and Chistchurch. I would be very,very, scared if I was you. I hope your school will be alright and that you can get back to school. I will be thinking of you.
    from Joe

  17. Phillipa Addenbrooke says:

    Hi Amber i feel for you very much so i hope you are safe and your family is safe. I liked your storie of the earthquake.I go to tuatapere community college and i am new there but i come from hauroko valley primary school and i am in year 7 and i am in Miss Quinn’s class and she told us to have a look at your storie and so i posted a comment to you! Hope to here from you.


    • Amber says:

      Thank you for your comment. I hope you like TCC I did. The EQ was scary and the aftershocks are also scary so we stay our grandparents for a break.

  18. Paul Anderson-Kereti says:

    Good Evening Amber
    I’m so pleased to hear that you’re safe and well. I bet it was an experience you will never forget. We’re thinking of you all and know it will take some time before things get back to normal.
    Keep smiling and stay safe.
    Kind Regards
    Mr AK and the children of Room 4

    • Amber says:

      Hi Mr AK

      I really do appreciate your comments. The EQ was very scary and there is lots of broken roads. The aftershocks are also scary. Our house is ok it got a green sticker. But there are cracks and a loose light. Mum wont let me have my bunkbeds up because of the aftershocks.
      When I went to a cafe the other day I asked mum where to go if there was an aftershock. We still don’t have school yet.
      Thank you

  19. Leila Green, Kellie Phillips, Brianna Rogers, Dana Smagge, Katelyn Hayden says:

    Hi Amber,
    We live in the Waikato and are feeling for you all in the Christchurh city. It was interesting
    reading your story but made us feel very sad for you to have to experience such an earthquake.
    We have never experienced an earthquake and so have learnt lots from your unfortunate
    situation. Our school is having a mufti day to raise funds, we have our flag half mast and
    yesterday we joined in with the 2 minute silence as we thought of you and your family
    Take care, our thoughts are with you.
    Leila, Dana, Kellie, Brianna and Katelyn.

  20. Mikayla says:

    Hi Amber,

    Is your head all better now? It must have been scary with all the shelves about to run you over. I think you will be fine with the aftershocks as long as you remember the saftey drills. I hope Christchurch recovers quickly. Best of luck.

    Mikayla :)

  21. Michael Gouldstone says:

    it must have been sssooo!!!!! scary i live in Auckland hope ur family and friend are ok and hopfully u can live in ur house

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