Thousands gathered in Christchurch on Wednesday to honour those who died in the earthquake a year ago and pay tribute to the city's resilience. Here's some of what was said in the city and from afar:-
PHOTOS: The Civic Memorial Service
"A new and vibrant city can arise. It will be a city and region inhabited by a resilient people and built on the foundations of a strong community." - Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, in his address to the memorial service in Hagley Park.
"We can never be the same again... Let us work together to rebuild a city fit for heroes." - Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, speaking at the same service.
"To those who rebuild day by day, looking to the future with hope, we can only offer you our warmest encouragement and our admiration." - Prince Charles, in a message delivered by the governor-general to the service.
"We cannot numb the pain of those who lost loved ones any more than we can bring back those who died. But together we can take strength from one another and move forward." Prime Minister John Key, at a memorial service in Latimer Square.
"I think today Australians will want to mark this one year by thinking about our New Zealand family and how far they have come during this 12 months and how much more needs to happen." - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to reporters in Christchurch's sister city Adelaide.
"We know it's been a struggle, but through that struggle we've seen the strength and perseverance of the people of Christchurch." - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a televised address to Christchurch's people.
"It's not really quiet, because of the aftershocks, but there are very nice people, and Christchurch has a very beautiful view. I love Christchurch." - Erwin Polczak, the Pole who received a bravery award for freeing four people trapped under quake rubble and wants to settle in the city.
"You do things in life without looking for recognition. I don't know what this award is all about - I'm doing it for Kendyll." Another bravery award winner Evan McLellan, who pulled Kendyll Mitchell and her two children from the smouldering ruins of the CTV building.