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25 February 2011

Springfield's Fai Sami's family is safe in Christchurch

AFTER three days of frantic phone calls and sleepless nights, Springfield's Fai Sami finally received the news he had hoped for.

Rescue works on the collapsed Pyne Gould Guiness Building.

AFTER three days of frantic phone calls and sleepless nights, Springfield's Fai Sami finally received the news he had hoped for.

Sami made contact with his uncle Ioane in Christchurch yesterday, confirming he was safe.

Ioane had been reported missing, but it turns out he was simply isolated and without power in an area ravaged by the 6.3 earthquake that wrecked the picturesque New Zealand city and claimed 92 lives as of last night.

On Wednesday night Mr Sami said he was very concerned for his uncle, because his family had been able to contact all other family members living in Christchurch and confirm they were safe.

"I just hope he's okay. He's the only one we haven't got in contact with and a lot of people are worried for him," Sami said.

But yesterday the former Goodna Eagles IRL coach was a relieved man.

"We found him. He was just cut off in the middle of town," Sami said.

"He's fine thankfully."

Sami is a veteran rugby league coach in Ipswich.

He currently helms the Springfield Panthers' under 18 team and formerly coached the Goodna Eagles.

"Ioane lives right in town and had no power to call anyone," Sami said

"My uncles and aunties, their homes were damaged but they're okay and that's what matters."

There are thousands of expat Kiwis living in Ipswich, many of whom have loved ones in Christchurch.

The suburb of Goodna is home to 640 New Zealand-born residents.

Ipswich Jets duo TJ Fonoti and Trent Wallace are both awaiting news regarding their friends and family in the South Island city.

More NZ earthquate stories: www.QT.com.au

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