The quake was felt in Wellington during a session of parliament, prompting lawmakers to stop deliberations and seek refuge as a precaution.
He said thousands of children were affected when their parents were imprisoned, and without the right support they were much more likely to spend time in prison themselves. It was at a depth of 227 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
New Zealand's official GeoNet seismic monitoring service said a 6.2 quake struck at a depth of 207 kilometres in the central North Island about 340 kilometres northeast of Wellington. He also urged Kiwis to "check on those around you".
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries, and authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami. "I mean we're in the safest building probably in the country - but just to make sure and get some advice".
Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach'
Hamilton has won four of his five titles with Mercedes and he's contract through 2020, a deal he extended this season. Quite a drastic turn of fortunes for the two Red Bull drivers. "It was a shame to lose Daniel.
"I think that was the wise thing to do as we felt it quite heavily", he further added.
More than 15,000 people have reported feeling the natural disaster with some having felt it as far north as Auckland and as south as Christchurch.
A 6.2 magnitude quake has been felt nationwide.
New Zealand has suffered damaging earthquakes in recent years.