Robyn Malcolm talks about her mother being trapped in CTV collapse

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Thursday, 1 August 2019, 5:06PM
Robyn Malcolm told Simon and Phil about the horrific day. (Photo / NZ Herald)

New Zealand actress Robyn Malcolm has revealed that her mother was in the CTV building the day of the 2011 earthquake.

The building was one of the most damaged in the February 22nd. 115 people died after the building collapsed. 

Robyn's mother, Anne, was in the building at the time and fell five storeys after the quake hit. 

Speaking with Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford, Malcolm says that it was terrifying to learn that her mother was in the building. 

"I was in Auckland and I learnt about the quake. My sister Jen tried to ring Mum and Mum was already in the stretcher in the triage in Latimer Square." 

Barry Grottis, inset, has been identified as the man helping CTV survivor Anne Malcolm in this picture. Photos / Geoff Sloan

Barry Grottis, inset, has been identified as the man helping CTV survivor Anne Malcolm in this picture. Photos / Geoff Sloan

Malcolm says that a friend had the phone and passed it to Anne, and they heard her shallow breathes. 

It took 17 hours for her to find out what happened to her, with Robyn's brother-in-law having to cycle all over the city to try and find out if she was alive or dead. 

Malcolm also revealed that she has worried about whether or not her campaigning for fair pay on the set of The Hobbit has impacted her career.

However, she says that she does not work her often anymore, so she cannot be certain the impact. 

"The impression of actors at the time was of us being pretty dreadful changes. I think that has changed now. It was definitely a tricky moment."

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