A woman, who fell five storeys in the CTV building, is pleading with the ordinary Kiwi blokes who saved her to get in touch.
Clemency Mutze was on the top floor when the 6.3 magnitude quake struck on February 22, and she lived to tell her story.
"It was just like this huge force in the building and I just thought - 'this is it'. I just thought 'this is the end', because I felt the floor go right under," she told ONE News.
The 34-year old had been in a clinic waiting room .
"I was sitting on a chair, and it was almost like Alice in Wonderland - you know? Through the looking glass - it was like a nightmare," she said.
It was a nightmare that dragged on as she lay pinned under rubble after the building came down. Her face was centimetres away from shards of glass, which were getting closer with every aftershock.
"One minute I'd think I'm going to make this, and the next minute I' d be praying for my family and stuff.
"Then I could smell smoke, and that's when I knew things were going to get bad," she recalls.
Mutze poked a piece of steel through the rubble and called for help.
"I saw a face looking down at me and saying 'we're going to get you out', and that was amazing."
Now, she wants to meet the two men who pulled her out.
"I just want to thank them, and let them know how grateful I am that they put their lives on the line for me, because it wasn't a safe building," she said.
With a broken tailbone and haunted by nightmares of falling, music helped the composer through the days that followed.
"I keep re-tracing my steps and thinking - 'what if I'd taken a later bus, and what if I'd done this?' But you can't keep doing that or you'll go batty."
She said it's something she will remember for the rest of her life.
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