CITY VISIT: Quentin Bryce, the Australian governor-general, buys fudge from Colin Johnson, of Johnson's Grocers during a state visit to Christchurch today.
CITY TOUR: Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee shows the Australian governor-general, Quentin Bryce, her husband, Michael Bryce, and the NZ Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae around Cashel Mall during a state visit today.
Australia's governor-general has praised the courage of Cantabrians during a visit to earthquake-hit Christchurch.
Quentin Bryce today toured the city with her New Zealand counterpart, Sir Jerry Mataparae, and met with dignitaries including Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton and Mayor Bob Parker.
She laid a wreath at the Bridge of Remembrance, shopped at City Mall's Re:Start container precinct and visited the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.
A year was a ''raw'' time for those affected by the quake, Bryce said.
''Australians care very deeply. We have great concern for the long road to recovery and rebuilding and we know it will be tough,'' she said.
The governor-general will travel to Queenstown today before returning to Australia.