In this section you will find information about the various types of support and assistance that are available, in these categories:
Residential Advisory Service
The Residential Advisory Service (RAS) provides free, independent help to residential property owners who are facing challenges in getting their home repaired or rebuilt after it has been damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes. The service helps you to understand the process you are going through and to progress your repairs or rebuild.
For further information about the service visit the Residential Advisory Service website www.advisory.org.nz
Call 0800 777 299 | 03 379 7027
Earthquake assistance centres
The Avondale Earthquake Assistance Centre and Kaiapoi Earthquake Hub have closed.
Partner agencies continue to offer face to face meetings with residents and, where appropriate, multi-party meetings across Canterbury.
Partner agencies include: Councils, Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS), Earthquake Commission (EQC), Community Law Canterbury, some insurance firms and some banks.
The support agencies below can provide further support and assistance.
Housing and land availability
Contact councils for information on developments, residential sections and how to contact developers with sections for sale.
Christchurch City Council
Selwyn District Council
Waimakariri District Council
Find out your property's RV (rateable valuation) online:
Financial assistance and information
You don’t need to be on a benefit to get help from Work and Income. If you're not sure what you may be eligible for, visit www.workandincome.govt.nz, phone the Earthquake Government Helpline on 0800 779 997, or visit a Work and Income office, a Community Link, or Recovery Assistance Centre.
Red Cross grants
The New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission has a number of grants available to meet the needs of the affected population in Christchurch. Additional grants will be considered as further needs arise.
Grant helpline: 0800 754 726
For more information: www.redcross.org.nz
Earthquake Support Coordinators are available to assist people find the wide range of services available. This advice is free.
Health and wellbeing services and information include:
- various options for counselling and support services, including for Māori, new migrants, and those affected by family violence
- energy advice and assistance with keeping warm at home
- handling food and drink during an emergency
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Earthquake Support Coordinators
0800 777 846 - 9am to 11pm, 7 days a week
Contact the Earthquake Support Coordinators for free and confidential help with navigating through the wide range of services involved in repairing and rebuilding your home. They can:
- provide relevant information
- identify and connect you with services that can help you with earthquake-related housing, finance, legal, insurance and health matters
- organise meetings between you and the experts on these matters.
We’ve provided links to websites across greater Christchurch that can inform you of local community activities and events as well as innovative community initiatives taking place in your community.
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The Community Resilience webpages have been set up to help you, your family and your wider community in the next stage of the recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes.
The impact and effect of the earthquakes have been different for each and every one of us. As a wider community we are all in this together.
It's important that we continue to champion the strong sense of community that helped us manage and move forward following the earthquakes.