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PM to mark Christchurch quake anniversary

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/02/2017

Christchurch will mark six years on Wednesday since the deadly earthquake that claimed 185 lives.

Still several years on families of those killed in the CTV building are yet to see someone held to account for the deaths of their loved ones, killed when the building collapsed on top of them.

Prime Minister Bill English will attend a memorial service in the city on Wednesday and has cautioned against undercutting the accountability process.

"We fully understand the distress because it just seems so random to those families that their loved one happened to be in the one or two ... out of hundreds of buildings that was the most vulnerable to that particular type of earthquake," he said on Monday.

Mr English said the accountability was unique and it was hoped it would lead to a point where accountability is exercised.

"The standard for criminal charges will be fairly tough and no doubt they're working on whether the complaint or the case reaches that standard," he said.

Mr English said the memorial would remember the suffering of the families of the victims and the people who were injured and traumatised in the event which echoes through the lives of those in the city.

Labour leader Andrew Little will also attend Wednesday's memorial service.

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