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Devastation in Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, February 23rd, 2011 - 65 comments
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We all know by now that the new earthquake has created massive destruction and loss of life in Christchurch. Once again, the emergency services and the people have performed admirably. Help is on the way from around New Zealand and overseas. The physical, economic, and social aftershocks of this will be felt for a long time.

Map of emergency shelter, supplies etc plus hazards – here

Key info (info in quotes is from official government websites):

People in the affected area should:
* Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on.
* Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.
* Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.
* Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.
* Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
* Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
* Help people who require special assistance – infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
* If it rains, residents are asked to collect water in buckets if possible. Continue to boil water.”

If you are trying to find anyone or confirm that you are OK, use the Google Person Finder

“The Canterbury Earthquake government helpline is now active. This helpline is to provide information on government services for people affected by the Christchurch earthquake: 0800 779 997

The following WINZ offices are open for emergency assistance: * Ashburton Community Link, cnr Cass and Moore Streets * Hornby Service Centre, 25 Shands Road * Rangiora Service Centre, cnr Good and Blake Streets”

Hospitals and Medical Centres

Christchurch hospital is operational (contrary to some media reports) and one ward has been evacuated. Only attend A and E (accident and emergency) at the hospital if absolutely essential. For other injuries, contact your nearest after hours medical centre.

The 24 hour surgery on Bealy Avenue is open.

Emergency triage centres for the injured are operating at Latimer Square, Canterbury University and the Sanitarium Building in Papanui.

Welfare centres
Two welfare centres are currently open. If you need emergency assistance and accommodation overnight, go to Burnside High School. A secondary welfare centre is also at Hagley Park North. Welfare centres have been busy overnight.

Blankets, food, sanitation are supplied at the centres. Blankets have been provided by The Warehouse and Food Distribution Centres have made food available to the welfare centres. Civil Defence will attempt to open more centres throughout the day.

Missing persons: please call 0800 733 276 (0800 RED CROSS).

Airport status
Christchurch International Airport is open for emergency flights only.

Movement of visitors out of city
Civil Defence is giving visitors to Christchurch the opportunity to relocate to Wellington.

The decision to relocate visitors has been made in order to free up accommodation in Christchurch and also reunite people with friends and family. This will also assist with accommodation shortages in the city. Flights started leaving Christchurch early this morning.

Visitors are being flown to Wellington by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Any visitors to Christchurch who want to leave the city should make their way to collection points at the Burnside High School welfare centre, corner of Memorial Avenue and Greers Road or the welfare centre at North Hagley Park. Please note, do not go to the airport directly if you wish to be on these flights. Please go only to the collection points.

Port status
The harbour is closed for at least 24 hours. Some wharves have sustained serious damage.

Road status
All highways are open apart from Lyttelton Tunnel, State Highway 74 and Anzac Avenue Bridge for which a detour is available. There are reports of major damage to local roads in the city and liquefaction and surface flooding. There are also some road closures in the Selwyn District.”

As of 7:40, there are 38 identified dead. Yesterday, John Key gave a figure of 65 – this appears to include bodies that have yet to be identified.

It is likely that cell phone coverage in the city will deteriorate today as cell towers that have been running on batteries run out of power. It appears power is still out to most of the city.

The damage to the water and sewerage systems appears to be more extensive than last time, which means a longer repair time.

Australia, the United States, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and the UK are sending search and rescue. There are 1,600 troops on the ground, including 100 from Singapore here for exercises.

Bill English has confirmed that EQC has sufficient insurance and re-insurance to cover the damage from this event. Nonetheless, there will be huge uninsured losses from businesses being shut. I would guess that there will be a temporary disaster levy to help cover workers’ wages to prevent businesses going to the wall, like the one Australia is putting in place after the Queensland disasters.

Our comrade r0b is in the thick of it. We wish him and his the best. Sounds like there’s a lot of cleaning up to do.

[comments on the political ramifications of this disaster will be moved to today’s open mike post. We’re not going to stop you making such comments but these posts are not the place]

65 comments on “Devastation in Christchurch”

  1. kriswgtn 1

    My sister called me this morning on cell- before it cut out.She spent most of the night making sure the elderly next door were ok, she had her kids helping as well,
    great when the community comes together like this
    My best wishes go out to the people of canterbury

    am bit angry with her that she didnt go out to my old mans place.Her call

    • Arbovit 1.1

      “am bit angry with her that she didnt go out to my old mans place.Her call”

      Understand the anger kris. The authorities have made it clear that people are NOT to head out on the roads. If everyone did that then the emergency services wouldn’t be able to get through. I know it’s tough and really worrying not knowing about your old man but we just have to hope that his neighbours are giving him the same care that your sister is giving her neighbours. Try and make contact with his neighbours and if they can’t reach him, call the red cross number.

  2. at least no callous bastards are talking this up as an economic boon this time.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Central authorities are going to have to prove their dedication to the people of the city over an extended period of time.

      There is much which needs done and much which could go wrong. Christchurch has been a light of business activity, jobs and population growth in the South Island. Now that is all in question and much is at risk.

      Many South Island logistics centres (eg. for the supermarkets) have centralised to Christchurch. Now that may have been economically efficient – but from the standpoint of providing resilience and redundancy, just hopeless.

      This is a task which would test even the best of Governments.

      • Oscar 2.1.1

        We’re also going to have to look at moving the city too possibly. One of the reports I read was that the entire CBD area has been affected by liquefaction?
        If this is the case (and it’s all built on alluvial deposits and peat bog) then there may be nothing but to rebuild elsewhere, and have a true planned city.

        I was thinking, isn’t the Pegasus development largely untouched by these quakes? And aren’t there several empty houses around there? Perhaps CD could move some people there that don’t want to leave Christchurch for whatever reason.

        • swordfish

          Yeah, I heard something similar yesterday on RNZ. Either a geologist or seismologist was telling Mary Wilson that he felt the whole geology of the CBD had been undermined and the chances of rebuilding there looked fairly slim.

          Is it too fanciful to suggest Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend as possible new Chch city centres ?

          Or possibly a move South or to the West ?

          As Draco, CV and M suggested yesterday: there’s a real possibility of significant de-population, possibly along New Orleans lines. Widespread personal trauma, so many businesses knocked out, another 6 months of aftershocks, the long task of re-building. Most Chch residents interviewed on RNZ yesterday were suggesting they couldn’t wait to get out. Whether that was just initial shock or genuine determination, who knows ?

          Are we going to see the populations of Timaru, Dunedin, Blenheim, Nelson suddenly swell with Chch earthquake refugees ? Possibly even to some extent Wellington and Auckland ?

    • Jack T 2.2

      Doesn’t your comment make you a callous bastard, as you are turing attention to an ‘economic boon’?

      Just saying.

      • Marty G 2.2.1

        No. it doesn’t.
        Also, I spoke too soon. The broken windows fallacy is rearing its ugly head in the media

        • Colonial Viper

          And I wonder which side of the political spectrum is bringing that fallacy up. I actually hope that they keep doing it, the morons.

          The destruction of Christchurch will undoubtedly “turbocharge” the “aggressive recovery” we have all been experiencing. No?

    • Vicky32 2.3

      I did hear some plonker on Radio NZ today saying that re-building will help the economy! So, one person

  3. My ex’s house is unliveable. She gashed her arm, smashing a window trying to open the door as the quake was happening and rolled out onto the street to see twisted cartoon houses looking like something out of a Tim Burton movie and shell shocked people milling around dazed and confused.

    She lives round the corner from the Pyne Gould building and behind the collapsed church on Kilmore and Manchester st.

    She doesn’t even know if she can get back to her house, if she’s still got a job, has to pay rent or will get her bond back so she can salvage stuff from her house and move to Auckland, permanently. She worked in a cafe in town and was due to report to the CTV building at 3pm to start another job.

    I’ve just managed to talk to my sister. She had a heap of mates roll round and crash at her place in Beckenham. She’s all good. She was saying my brother who lives in Brighton hasn’t been allowed back to check his place or feed his dogs, and apparently my oldest brother, who lived in St Albans, is fine too but i haven’t heard from him.

    Thank God they’re all safe but now I just want them all to pack their shit up and move here to Nelson.

    • pollywog 3.1

      the collapsed church on Kilmore and Manchester st.

      oops…of course i meant Madras instead of Manchester.

      • rosy 3.1.1

        I just spoke with my son in Chch for the first time since the quake. Although I knew he was ok the relief in talking with him was immense. He’s been evacuated from the central city to Papanui but is looking for a flight out. His job is gone – hospitality industry – his girfriend’s studies are now on hold and their house is unliveable but at the moment they’re just happy to be ok, and extremely upset about those who are not. Our hearts go out to those who are not so fortunate.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    I think power is actually on in ‘most’ of the city. The 80% figure that has been bandied about is water coverage. I saw a headline on TV earlier saying “power restored to CDB”.

  5. happynz 5

    I live in St Albans, an inner city suburb just north of the CBD for those of you not familiar with Christchurch. Obviously power is on here, but still no water. A pumping station is spilling thousands of litres of water per minute out on to Trafalgar Street. Edgeware Road is stuffed with craters up and down the length of the road.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      I live on the banks of a tributary to the heathcote. Yesterday about 2:30 the river was up about 50% and brown (usually it’s completely clear) and next time I looked at it about 3:10 it was 100% up on normal and milky white from all the silt in it, and was like that last night when I last looked.

      This morning it’s down to maybe 40% up and brown again. About 4 areas of water mains broken on a street near here with water pouring onto the street.

  6. Carol 6

    Such a bad turn of events for Christchurch. my condolences to friends and loved-ones of the dead and severely injured. However,t he community self-help spirit is uplifting.

    Yesterday I thought the broadcast media, especially RNZ which I listened to the most, had raised their game in their coverage. I thought they’d learned from the criticisms of their coverage from the 4 Sept quake. They got pretty quickly into providing the info ChCh people needed, as soon as RNZ were informed of it: eg. which areas of the city were most damaged, which roads were open and which ones closed, info about emergencey services & collection points etc.

    Mora went straight into dealing with the coverage on his afternoon show, then Mary Wilson took over (about an hour later, think). She must have done a 4-5hour stint on her own.

  7. Zaphod Beeblebrox 7

    Whats happening in the eastern suburbs? All the pictures naturally are of the destroyed CBD buildings but you’d have to imagine there must be a lot of mud and silt inundating those poor people living close to the river out east. Does anybody know?

    • Carol 7.1

      I’m surprised we’re not hearing more about Lyttleton, but I gather it’s hard for anyone but some emergency services to get to.

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        Yeah, I’m surprised by the complete lack of info too. There’s been an aerial shot of the Timeball station being munted (suffered a little damage on September), but other than that, only cell phone descriptions. I would’ve figured if there was a helicoptor flying over, they would’ve had shots of the settlement itself that they’d also show.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        I read a report saying that damage was bad out in Lyttleton (buildings and roads) but that casualties were not too severe given its location. In Christchurch, I think that the failure of large buildings (falling facades and full on structural failure) will end up accounting for large numbers of the fatalities.

        Our architects and construction professionals will have much to analyse in the coming months.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.3

        About Lyttleton:

        Mark Buckley told Radio New Zealand two people died on walking tracks hit by rockfalls when the 6.3 quake struck on Tuesday but there have been no deaths since.

        He says injuries have been minor and the fire service is now helping evacuate elderly people from their homes.

        But about 60% of the buildings in the main street and most of those still standing are damaged.

        Lyttelton was near the epicentre of the quake, 10 kilometres south-east of Christchurch city.

        Mr Buckley says the only way in and out of Lyttelton is Dyers Pass Road, through Governors Bay.


    • Marty G 7.2

      a lot of liquefaction by the sounds of it meaning houses coming off their piles, roofs coming off etc. there are some aerial shots on herald and stuff. it seems that people mostly get cuts and non-life-threatening injuries in what are mostly wooden homes. it’s collapsing concrete and brick structures in the cbd that have killed

      • Inventory2 7.2.1

        Until the Sumner Road reopened this morning, Lyttleton has been preety much cut off. By my calculations, the quake yesterday was sited pretty much underneath the Lyttleton tunnel. I’ve heard radio reports that there has been widespread damage out there.

        I’ve got a staff member down there whose house was damaged on Sept 4th, damaged some more on Boxing Day, and was ruined yesterday. They can’t get out; their street is knee deep in mud, and they don’t have a 4WD. Another staffer’s son’s house has been totalled. Mecifully though, all are safe and well, as is my daughter who attends UC. There’s a feeling of helplessness being so close and yet so far away.

        Thoughts and parayers are with everyone touched by this catastrophe; arohanui Christchurch.

    • fatty 7.3

      You are right Zaphod, the east of the city is not good and hasn’t been mentioned much, I drove yesterday from the corner of Colombo St/ Edgeware Rd to 415 New Brighton Rd, had to go around QE2 to get there, roads are almost un-drivable, cars face-first in the road with only their rear sticking in the air and silt and water everywhere. Massive potholes that can only be avoided by following the car in front, took 1 hour to drive a 10 min distance and that was quick by other reports. Some of the roads have split and cars have been left.
      That was yesterday at about 5pm, not sure how it is now, I’d guess the silt and water has receded. I now have no need to leave the house in a vehicle, will be on my bike from now on.
      That part of the city had never been sorted since Sept, some had only just got sewage pipes back, and many roads were still being diverted with cones last week.
      I didn’t even entertain the idea of driving down New Brighton Rd

  8. Olwyn 8

    A simple text from a good friend this morning “it’s hell” – my condolences to those who have lost people; my prayers and best wishes for those who are waking up today to face the damage, and those who have not yet slept.

  9. Lanthanide 9

    Btw, the aftershocks from this have been much worse compared to September. A lot of them are too small to show up on the geonet site, but we’ve had times where there have been about 5 aftershocks in the space of 10 minutes, and for a few hours yesterday it felt pretty constant. Mix the smaller ones up with a few in the 4-5 range and it starts to get very fatigueing very quickly. It was relatively quiet over night, but I woke up about 3 from a large shock and couldn’t get back to sleep after that.

    Looks like my work is shut for the rest of the week (and our next software release that we’ve been working on for 8 months was to be released on Friday), so boyfriend and I are going to head down to his mother’s in Oamaru; at least then we can have a shower. The house where I am is once again apparently completely unscathed – not any even cosmetic damage apparent.

    captcha: intervals

  10. the sprout 10

    Does anyone know where people can collect water from in the Richmond area?

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      The google map on this page


      On side bar, click on ‘services’, that brings up a menu with water/food on it…

      • the sprout 10.1.1

        thanks Pb, but the site is fcked – just keeps loading but not completing.

        for those in the central CHCH area who want to know there are water collection sites at Hagley Park North and Burnside High

        • Pascal's bookie

          Shit, was working a while ago. There was a collection point for food, water, supplies, on Shirley road, opposite the end of chancellor street.

          You good?

          EDIT, seems to be working again

    • Lanthanide 10.2

      I collected about 1.5 litres of rainwater last night with just a few pots, trays and bowls. Keep this in mind next time it rains. Also keep your collection vessels off the ground – the 2 I had on the ground got quite a bit of dirt and muck in them (wind?) all the others which were on the bonnet and roof of the car had very minimal amounts of leaves etc.

      • felix 10.2.1

        Also you might be able to remove or modify your downpipes and collect roofwater.

        • Arbovit

          That’s good practical advice feliz.

        • Colonial Viper

          I said to my parents over the holidays that they should install a so-called grey water system.

        • greenwelly

          Just a word to those considering collecting roofwater,

          You should probably treat it as non drinkable without first boiling it,

          Most modern rural roof water capture systems dump the first 50-100 litres of water from each rainfall, as the first flow will pick up the dust and bird poop or what ever else has landed on the roof since the last rainfall. Older systems got round this by having a large tank and drawing from midway up.

      • ianmac 10.2.2

        Congratulations Lanthanide. We had provision on our boat years ago for a sail to be spread to catch rainwater if required. Maybe a sheet would work and catch more. How about shifting the spouting downpipe out from the wall and catching the next shower? Roof rainwater keeps many country folk going.

  11. Marty G 11

    they called the darfield quake a direct hit on christchurch in geological terms. This one was a third of the distance from the cbd. incredibly bad luck.

    But luck it is. I’m really pissed off at the herald editorial for speculating “is something even bigger building up under Canterbury?”

    No. energy is not ‘building up’. Potential energy that takes hundreds of years to build is being released. it is unusual that an aftershock creates more damage but it’s down to where its epicentre was.

    however, we’ve seen two clusters of mega-quakes in New Zealand since records began – 1848 to 1868 and 1929 to 1942. It seems that big quakes on one fault can help trigger another in a different part of the country. Now, we’ve had 3 big Fiordland quakes, two in Canterbury, and the Gisborne quake in the past eight years – looks like another cluster.

    • Zorr 11.1

      One of the geological experts they interviewed yesterday afternoon said it was likely that yesterdays quake was from a different fault system due to the size and location.

      • Lanthanide 11.1.1

        Yeah, it’s called a ‘triggered quake’, rather than an aftershock. The previous quake built up additional stress on this new fault, which caused it to go off also.

        • lprent

          …it’s called a ‘triggered quake’, rather than an aftershock.

          It is also defined as being an aftershock because virtually all aftershocks are triggered quakes as well. They usually don’t come from the same fault system as the original quake because that usually gets rid of most of its accumulated stress in the original quake. If you have a look at the after shock locations since September 4, they have been all over the place around christchurch.

      • lprent 11.1.2

        A shaking from one fault ‘system’ isn’t particularly isolated. It will frequently change the tension in other faults that receive some of the energy. That is why we get smaller aftershocks. This one was another aftershock. However its location (and the time that it hit) was what made it more lethal

  12. freedom 12

    If you are on Vodafone, text QUAKE to 333 to donate $3, or text it to 555 to donate $5

  13. ianmac 13

    Been thinking about those who have had amputations in order to be rescued. I have a dim recollection that when a limb is severely crushed it can only be rescued only if in a small window of opportunity. Otherwise after an hour (?) a release of a crushed limb causes a fatal body reaction. Hence better to amputate to save the life. (Hope I got that right. Not a doctor.)

    • Zorr 13.1

      Yeah ianmac. Strangely enough learned this from the end of House last season… x_x


      Don’t need to amputate but need to be veeeeery careful.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        Crushed/highly injured muscle tissue releases a lot of bad shit into the blood stream. A small amount of it the body can deal with, lots not.

        Some antibiotics and other drugs can also cause similar tissue destruction. Very difficult for the medical professionals to counter.

  14. ianmac 14

    Family members’ house in Papanui has been in limbo since September. Rebuild or replace? Theirs is a triple bricked two storied older beautiful house but because it was severely damaged back then, conflicting advice made it very hard to decide on what action to take. Yesterday the decision was made for them. House destroyed, but they are all safe.

  15. Arbovit 15

    RNZ is reporting 220 “major trauma” patients have been treated at chch hospital so far. Tremendous to think how well emergency services are coping, especially since chch hospital was closed for a bit after the earthquake to assess damage.

  16. Zorr 16

    From Stuff:

    10.50am: A temporary mortuary to deal with Christchurch earthquake victims has been moved to the Burnham Military Camp “for capacity reasons”.

    It is going to get much darker…

    • Arbovit 16.1

      We don’t know what that really means yet though zorr. We can speculate on multiple possible reasons. We don’t know what the current mortuary’s capacity might be–it might be 40. Plus it makes sense to transfer it out of the CBD if that’s where it is now to Burnham, so that family can come in and out and not hamper rescue efforts.

      Those are best case scenarios. On the brighter side if people are trapped but not seriously injured, and have acess to air then they can go 48 hours without water.

      • Zorr 16.1.1

        Arbovit… if the toll doesn’t rise above 200 I will be surprised. This is going to be NZs single biggest natural disaster in terms of lives lost and property destroyed imo.

        Feel free to keep being optimistic. I would prefer to be realistic.

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.2

        We should count ourselves very lucky if the death toll stops between 100 and 200.

  17. todd 17


    It appears that donations to the Red Cross have overwhelmed their server. Please try here instead:

    Salvation Army: https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

    0800 530000 or go to http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/

    The Christchurch SPCA has opened a Pet Emergency Earthquake Fund.


    The ANZ, ASB and Westpac banks have donated $1 million each so far. Please verify all donations are going to the right place.

  18. randal 18

    key will have to raise taxes to pay for this.

    • graham 18.1


      • The Voice of Reason 18.1.1

        Yes, I think we all agree that Key is a fuckwit, Graham. Unless, of course, you were being self referential?

        Randal’s point is valid. Raising a tax is exactly the response the Aussie Goverment has gone for to fund the flood recovery and it is likely to be under consideration here (for everyone but the rich, ‘natch).

        • lprent

          Unless, of course, you were being self referential?

          That would require a level of introspection that graham seems to lack.

  19. Oscar 19

    Looks like no option but to pull down the Grand Chancellor, unless it falls down before hand.

    Too bad there’s no way we can get in there and knock it down now, which would be the safest thing. Wouldn’t the force of the collapse have implications on already weakened structures around it?

  20. ghostwhowalksnz 20

    The Aussies had a special tax for their floods because
    1) The howard government had cancelled their reinsurance to save $60 mill a year
    2) They DONT have a government controlled disaster fund for those who are insured like EQC ( which also pays out on river floods here)

  21. bobo 21

    My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch still trapped in the rubble and the many maimed & injured, after watching most of the coverage on tv3 news I was slightly bemused when a lady who phoned in called Anne Vos trapped in rubble sounding remarkably composed was encouraged to chat to the tv3 host for 10 mins or more wasting her valuable battery time, shouldn’t she have been directed to search and rescue people who might have been able to pinpoint her phone location. Just hope shes still alive but doesn’t the news media think of anything other than ratings?

    the story is here

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      a lady who phoned in called Anne Vos trapped in rubble sounding remarkably composed was encouraged to chat to the tv3 host for 10 mins or more wasting her valuable battery time

      Seriously I hope this didn’t actually happen.

  22. todd 22

    Updated Donations list:

    People can make a donation to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal either at an ANZ Branch (account number 01-1839-0188939-00) or at the National bank (account number 06-0869-0548507-00).

    Donations can be made to the Red Cross online (http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate) or via the GrabOne website (http://www.grabone.co.nz/christchurch), as the Red Cross site has been crashing.

    Aucklanders who are able to offer accomodation to displaced Cantabrians should register by calling 0800 AUCKLAND.
    Donations can be made to the Westpac Canterbury Care Fund, which is in partnership with the Salvation Army, either at branches nationwide or to the account number 03-0207-0617331-00.

    People can donate to the Salvation Army Earthquake appeal online here (http://salvationarmy.org.nz/) or by calling 0800 53 00 00.

    Donations can be made to the Rotary New Zealand World Community Service here (http://www.rnzwcs.org/).

    Donations can be made to the Christchurch Earthquake Support Fund in ASB branches or online (account number 12-3205-0146808-00). Across the Tasman, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is also accepting donations for the New Zealand Red Cross.

    NZ Blood Services say have sufficient blood stocks but if you are not already a donor and would like to sign up to be contacted when they do need blood donations, call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) or email here (mailto:donors.national@nzblood.co.nz) to register.

    The Christchurch SPCA has opened a Pet Emergency Earthquake Fund. You can donate money here (http://www.spcacanterbury.org.nz/) or to the Westpac account 030802 0586429 00.

    Vodafone users can donate to the Red Alert Canterbury Earthquake Appeal by texting “Quake” to 333 to make a $3 donation to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.

    Thanks to Chris for the list

  23. Mac1Adrian 23

    Some of us are refugees but will return soon to base though away till situation clearer. There is an opportunity for us to recreate with very careful thinking. GOD REST THE DEAD AND HRLP THE SURVIVORS’

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  • PM comments on Auckland COVID-19 case
    After 102 days we have our first cases of Covid-19 outside of a Managed Isolation or Quarantine facility in New Zealand. Shortly I will ask Dr Bloomfield to set out the details of the case. While we have all worked incredibly hard to prevent this scenario, we have also planned ...
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    4 days ago
  • Significant investment in Raukūmara Pae Maunga to prevent Raukūmara forest collapse
    An iwi-Crown approach programme to restore the Raukūmara forest on the East Coast of the North Island and boost employment opportunities for whānau, particularly rangatahi/young people, will receive $34 million funding, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced. “Raukūmara Pae Maunga is a partnership with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New partnership central to delivering more Māori housing
    Government agencies and partners are working closer together to provide more Māori Housing through the Te MAIHI o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI). MAIHI is a kaupapa Māori approach that drives a system change to give effect and impact on Māori ...
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  • Manawatū Gorge replacement highway drives forward
    Site work is soon to begin on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, the project to replace the former SH3 route through the Manawatū Gorge, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Phil Twyford was today in Woodville at the signing of a formal agreement by members of the Alliance ...
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  • Pacific Ministers meet to discuss regional economic priorities
    The Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) begins today and will focus on the major economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on the Pacific.  FEMM is an important congregation of Economic Ministers and senior officials from around the region, and for the first time, the annual meeting will be ...
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    4 days ago
  • Formal apology and payment to George Nepata
    Cabinet has approved a formal apology and ex gratia payment to former soldier George Nepata, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. This payment is to recognise the New Zealand Defence Force’s failure to provide Mr Nepata with a safe system of work in April 1989 when, as a result of an ...
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    4 days ago
  • Report into Iain Lees-Galloway’s expenditure
    A report undertaken by Ministerial Services into Iain Lees-Galloway’s ministerial expenditure has found no evidence of any inappropriate transactions or spending. Ministerial Services undertook a line by line review of all his expenditure, including staff and spouse expenses for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.  “I commissioned ...
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    5 days ago
  • Managed isolation charges to start 11 August
    Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from 12.01am Tuesday 11th August, after they passed their last cabinet milestone today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “The new charging system balances the rights of New Zealanders to return home and helps reduce pressure on the managed isolation and quarantine ...
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  • Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel ...
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    5 days ago
  • One-stop ‘jobs and training’ shop goes live
    The Government has launched a new online, phone and onsite service to help New Zealanders connect to a range of employment support and products for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19, announced Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Connected.govt.nz is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, ...
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  • MSD security guards to be paid Living Wage
    Security guards contracted to the Ministry of Social Development will be paid at least the Living Wage from next month supporting the Government’s commitment towards fair pay and employment conditions, announced Minister for  Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.   “MSD was  among the first government agencies to pay its employees the living ...
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    5 days ago
  • New strategy to ensure nature thrives
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today launched Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy - a way forward that envisions Aotearoa New Zealand as a place where ecosystems are healthy and resilient, and people embrace the natural world. “Many of New Zealand’s plants and wildlife species ...
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    5 days ago
  • Provider Languages Fund will support Pacific Wellbeing approach
    “Pacific languages, cultures and identity are essential to the health, wellbeing and lifetime success of our Pacific peoples and their communities in Aotearoa. The strength and resilience of Pacific Aotearoa is not only vital to their own prosperity but integral to the prosperity of all New Zealanders, and is particularly ...
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  • COVID-19: More funding for schools and boost to construction sector
    ·       $38 million to help schools cover unexpected costs related to COVID-19 ·       $69 million upgrade for online learning ·       $107 million contingency funding to support school construction suppliers facing additional costs due to the lockdown. The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Stay safe on the tracks – Rail Safety Week
    Despite the Government installing safety upgrades around the country, people should still take care around rail crossings, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week. Phil Twyford said installing safety infrastructure is crucial, but we are encouraging people to be more careful around trains too. “We’re making good progress ...
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  • Government backs Manawatū social housing project
    The Government is providing a cash injection to help Palmerston North City Council complete a programme to provide 78 social housing units for vulnerable tenants. The $4.7 million to build 28 units in the Papaioea Place redevelopment comes from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure in the Government’s COVID-19 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Major funding boost for Predator Free Banks Peninsula
    A pest free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū is one step closer with a $5.11 million boost to accelerate this project and create jobs, announced Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Canterbury today. “This is a game changer for this ambitious project to restore the native wildlife and plants on Ōtautahi/Christchurch’s doorstep ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay
    A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people employed through the process,” Grant Robertson said. “The expansion will increase the indoor court space up to 11 ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure for Far North tourist town
    The Far North tourist destination of Mangonui is to receive Government funding to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $6.5 million from the $3 billion set aside in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup
    The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world and for the White Ferns and their supporters here at ...
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    1 week ago
  • Green light for Te Awa River Ride in $220m nationwide cycleways investment
    Cyclists and walkers will now have a safer way to get around Taupō, Tūrangi, and between Hamilton and Cambridge, with funding for shared paths and Te Awa River Ride, Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. “The Te Awa River Ride is the latest part of massive growth ...
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  • Six major ‘shovel-ready’ cycleways funded in Christchurch
    Six major cycle routes will be completed in Christchurch thanks to funding from the Government’s investment in shovel-ready infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. $125 million will be invested to kick-start construction and fund the completion of the following cycleway ...
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  • New Police facilities for Whanganui
    Plans are underway for a brand new state-of-the-art hub for Whanganui’s justice and social agencies, following confirmation the ageing Whanganui Central Police Station is to be replaced. Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced $25 million in new infrastructure spending to improve facilities for the wider community, and for staff who ...
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    1 week ago
  • Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city. Both ministers marked the start of enabling works on the third main rail line project ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF support for Wairoa creates jobs
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $3.78 million in Wairoa will create much needed economic stimulus and jobs, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. PGF projects announced today include: $200,000 loan to Nuhaka Kiwifruit Holdings Ltd (operated by Pine Valley Orchard Ltd) to increase the productivity ...
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  • Public and Māori housing to trial renewable energy technology
    Tenants in public and Māori housing may be benefiting from their own affordable renewable energy in future – a fund to trial renewable energy technology for public and Māori housing has today been announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Nanaia Mahuta. ...
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    1 week ago
  • $2.7m for Hokianga infrastructure
    Hokianga will receive $2.7 million to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Far North District Council will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work on the wharves. “The work will include the construction of ...
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    1 week ago
  • New fund to support housing and construction sector
    A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. “The Residential Development Response Fund will help to progress stalled or at-risk developments that support our broader housing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government investment to boost Auckland’s community recycling network
    As part of a broader plan to divert waste from landfill, the Government today announced $10.67 million for new infrastructure as part of the Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region. “This key investment in Auckland’s community recycling network is part of the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group ‘shovel ready’ projects ...
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    1 week ago
  • Te Papa transformation starts at Cameron Road
    The Government is investing $45 million in the first stage of an ambitious urban development project for Tauranga that will employ up to 250 people and help the region grow, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the funding has been allocated out of the $3 billion ...
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  • PGF supports Hawke’s Bay community and environmental projects
    The Government is investing more than $1.6 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for a wide range of community and environmental projects in Hawke’s Bay, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. These announcements today are part of the Government’s commitment to supporting regional economies in the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
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    1 week ago