Most reports I am seeing say only minor damage but not what I needed to hear an hour before I fly away. And, I am sure, not what anyone in the South Island needed. Shit, son. And power is out and mobile services are down.
Someone talk to meeeeee!
EDIT: Holy shit... http://www.stuff.co.nz/lightbox/the-press/news/4095796/?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=560&width=640
Now I have to board.