Earthquake recovery information
This page links you to agencies and organisations providing information and assistance for earthquake recovery.
- CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority)
- EQC (Earthquake Commission)
- Civil Defence
- Christchurch City Council
- New foundations - Waimakariri District Council
- Selwyn District Council
- Operates power distribution network for Christchurch and Central Canterbury.
- SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team)
- Information about repair work to city services (roads, water supply, storm water and wastewater systems and parks) following the earthquakes.
- Transport for Christchurch
- Map showing major road works and closures.
- My Property
- CERA page where you can search your property address to find the land zone and technical category that applies to your property.
- Fletcher EQR
- Official website of the firm awarded the oversight of the Canterbury residential repair and rebuild.
- Building and planning
- Information from the Christchurch City Council including post earthquake updates.
- Canterbury earthquake heritage building fund
- Fund to assist owners of heritage buildings to repair damage.
EQC and insurance companies
- EQC (Earthquake Commission)
- New Zealand’s primary provider of natural disaster insurance to residential property owners. Their site features detailed information on making a claim.
- New Zealand insurance companies
- A listing of local insurers from our Internet Gateway. Many have information specific to the Canterbury earthquake.
- Insurance advice
- General information on dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters. From the Insurance Council of New Zealand.
Coping with stress
- Managing stress in an emergency
- Advice from the Ministry of Health.
- After Disaster: Responding to the psychological consequences of disasters for children and young people by Peter Stanley and Sarah Williams.
- A free download has been made available by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. [1.4 MB PDF].
- JoJo’s Place
- A website which aims to help children deal with Christchurch’s earthquakes.
- Books for children
- Non-fiction and fiction titles about earthquakes for children available at Christchurch City Libraries.
Welfare and community support
- Information on recovery assistance centres, grants and assistance, donations and other welfare-related questions. From Christchurch City Council. Other local welfare agencies include Red Cross and Salvation Army.
- Support and assistance
- Emergency accommodation, counselling services, income support, advice for tourists, health safety and employment relations. Links from CERA.
- Relationships Aotearoa
- Not-for-profit organisation providing counselling. Special information for Christchurch. Offices in Central Christchurch, Rangiora, Barrington and Rolleston.
- Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service
- Official website providing temporary accommodation matching, social services coordination and financial assisstance.
- CanCERN - Canterbury Communities’ Earthquake Recovery Network
- Network of Residents Association and Community Group representatives from the earthquake-affected neighbourhoods of Canterbury. Aims for full community engagement in recovery processes and to work in partnership with recovery agencies.
- Red Zone Residents Financial Advice
- Free professional advice offered to residents of Red Zone through Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income and the Sorted website.
- Rebuild Christchurch
- An independent community group provided to serve the residents of Christchurch. It also has a Facebook page which has lots of updated news and photos.
- Recover Canterbury
- Aims to offer practical advice and information to help your business recover from the Canterbury earthquake. The site also offers a helpline — 0800 505 096.
- Project to provide a popup shopping mall in the City Mall in central Christchurch.
- Christchurch earthquake update
- Information for tourists and tourism operators from Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.
- Dineout is keeping up with who is open and who is not.
Arts, heritage and environment initiatives
- Gap Filler
- Initiative which aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects such as community fairs, film shows and performances, exhibitions.
- Greening the rubble
- Christchurch group dedicated to developing green spots, biodiversity hubs, pocket parks and community gardens on the sites of removed buildings.
- University of Canterbury CEISMIC Digital Archive is designed to preserve the memories and experiences of people of the Canterbury region. Includes Quakes Stories, When my home shook and Kete Christchurch.