On February 21, 2011, only a few days after Higaonna Sensei departed the country, New Zealand’s South island was struck with a magnitude 6.3 Earthquake.

The city of Christchurch was devastated by the quake, buildings collapsed, many with people still inside.

IOGKF New Zealand has confirmed that no IOGKF members were injured from the event. But this does not take away from the hardship of family and friends who may have been. IOGKF International sends its warmest regards and sympathies to all affected by this terrible disaster.