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Buzzardist | 17:33 Fri 30th Dec 2011 | Technology
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A relative living in Christchurch, New Zealand has not been in touch since before the recent earthquake. We know he was planning to take his family (wife & two young children) away for a few days, but he always telephones his Mum on Christmas Day and did not.
We have tried emailing and phoning his office, got the answerphone, but his mobile just does not connect.

It is totally out of character and as each day passes we are more concerned.

We wonder if there is some problem with cell phone communication??

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Contact the New Zealand embassey and ask them to check this for you or give you advice on how to.
Before considering any technology problems, it's worth remembering that the pre-Christmas 'quake resulted in no fatalities and only 19 hospital admissions:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16312041

Communications in the Christchurch area were certainly disrupted, as this quote shows:
"People were being urged to use text instead of voice calls on mobile phones to check on friends and relatives, as the phone lines still in operation were increasingly jammed"
http://www.the9billio...kes-hit-christchurch/
although this site
http://online.wsj.com...-20111222-715365.html
says
"Telecom spokesperson Katherine Murphy said that the network has held up and, after initial cell phone overloading, everything seems to be back up and running and there is no obvious damage to their infrastructure"

As the previous poster suggests, the New Zealand High Commission might be able to assist you:
http://www.nzembassy....commission/contact-us

Chris
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Thank you both for advice, if there is still no contact after NZ New Year today we must start following that route.

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