The Christchurch Quakes

A Public Service Announcement
Brought To You By:
Society of Southeast Asian Communities, Inc.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake near Christchurch has caused significant damage.

Watch The Video

For the latest information and advice visit the following links:

www.civildefence.govt.nz
and
http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz

People concerned about the well-being of friends and relatives in Christ-church should use text messaging to check if they are safe to minimise overloading the phone network.

If you are unable to contact a friend or relative in the Christchurch area, call the Red Cross Person Enquiry Line 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276). Red Cross will be able to tell you if they have registered with Civil Defence. Please do this before reporting friends and relatives missing.

People enquiring from outside of New Zealand should call +64 7 850 2199

A special phone help-line has been set up for people seeking information about Govern-ment services and support. It is 0800 77 9997

For those with limited English skills you can phone the interpreting service Language Line. They can provide you with assistance and information you may need.

The following agencies offer assistance in your language. Other agencies which use Lang-uage Line can be found at: www.languageline.govt.nz

  • ACC Claims………………………………………. 0800 101 996
  • Christchurch City Council………………….   03 941 8999
  • Work and Income……………………………..  0800 559 009
  • Child, Youth & Family……………………….  0508 326 459
  • Housing New Zealand Corporation…….   0800 801 601
  • Earthquake Commission……………………  0800 326 243
  • Inland Revenue………………………………… 0800 227 774
  • Heathline………………………………………….. 0800 611 116

It is also advisable that foreigners who are in New Zealand for a holiday, on business or to live, register their contact details with their Embassy or High Commission. The information helps foreign governments to contact you and your family in the event of an emergency. You can find details on the Diplomatic and Consular Repre-sentatives from your country by visiting this link:

http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Embassies/2-Foreign-representatives-to-NZ/Diplomatic-and-Consular-List.php

Disasters happen quickly and without compassion. We cannot prevent disasters but we can all take simple steps to reduce the impact, and be better prepared to recover quickly.

Find out what you and your family can do at home, at schools and at work by visiting the following links:

Get Ready and Get Thru (www.getthru.govt.nz)
and
www.whatstheplanstan.govt.nz for kids and schools

Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families in Christchurch in Canterbury.

Thank you.

Laura Cendak
Settlement Coordinator
Settlement Support New Zealand
Wellington City Council | 101 Wakefield Street
PO Box 2199 | Wellington | New Zealand
Phone: (64) 4 803 8706 | Mobile: (64) 021 227 8706
Email: Laura.Cendak@wcc.govt.nz
Website: www.wellington.govt.nz/move

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