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British adventurer and TV star Bear Grylls was filming just outside Christchurch when the deadly 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city last week, killing over 200 people.

“In some ways it’s a privilege to be in New Zealand at the moment, to stand beside you in what you’re going through as a nation,” he says, as the country tries to come to terms with the disaster. "New Zealanders are renowned around the world for being tough and resilient, that’s what makes you so darn good at rugby, but it’s that same spirit that will get you through this. My heart goes out to you.

“If I have learnt anything over the years while filming Man Vs Wild is that you can’t take the wild for granted.

“It’s that unpredictability that’s also the magic. But sometimes it turns nasty and terrible things happen. Our job is to look after each other and try to get through things together.

“If any nation on earth can cope with this, you guys sure have the spirit.”

As well as filming, Bear is in New Zealand to take part in two charity talks. He also spent yesterday visiting sick children at Wellington Children’s Hospital.

Those wishing to donate to victims can visit RedCross.org.nz, SalvationArmy.org.nz or DonateChristchurch.co.nz. Click here to find out more.

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