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Christchurch Earthquake—February 2011: Public Report First 100 Days

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  1. MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Lunchtime on 22 nd February 2011 was a time that will forever be cemented into thousands of minds, a chilling memory for not only those that were in Christchurch but for every New Zealander.

The shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit the city that day was one of the worst disasters in New Zealand history.
The nation was thrust into a national emergency as it rallied together to support those affected. A Red Cross response swung into action with teams on the ground within hours, providing emergency relief and support.

New Zealand Red Cross launched an Appeal on the 23 rd February. This Appeal has received generous and overwhelming support from New Zealanders and internationally with donations from individuals, groups, companies and governments. New Zealand Red Cross is humbled by the confi dence donors have in the Red Cross organisation to effectively and compassionately distribute their donation.

The National Board of New Zealand Red Cross established an Earthquake Commission to distribute funds raised and help restore lives and livelihoods in the aftermath of the disaster.
The Commission announced an initial grant on the 2 nd March, and after consultation with the community, has identifi ed needs and vulnerabilities, and ensured funds have fl owed to thousands of vulnerable people and communities.

The National Board of New Zealand Red Cross is committed to ensuring the process of distributing funds to affected people is timely, fair, and transparent, and gets to those who need it most. This is the fi rst of a number of reports that will be released and provide donors with assurance that with their help New Zealand Red Cross has and is continuing to make a difference.