This eight-page report discusses the recent series of earthquakes in the Kaikoura region of New Zealand, and the wide geographic and demographic spectrum of impact, including acute stress. Topics include psychosocial support needs, issues associated with the long-term recovery phase, high-risk groups, addressing tensions and conflicts, and psychosocial issues in the phase of adaptation to a changed environment.
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. The New Zealand Red Cross will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an independent evaluation of its country programmes in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better support the above countries.
The Key Evaluation Question is:
Christchurch / Geneva, February 21, 2016: Five years on from the devastating earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand, New Zealand Red Cross has reached of one in four Cantabrians, and continues to support the ongoing needs of people affected.
Following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Canterbury on 22 February, New Zealand Red Cross has been at the forefront of the response and recovery operations.
Located in the south-western Pacific Ocean, New Zealand sits on two tectonic plates within the Pacific ring of fire, resulting in the country’s dramatic natural landscapes. New Zealand is prone to a range of natural hazards, such as floods, storms, cyclones, snow-storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, geothermal incidents, tsunamis, landslides, and lahar. Climate-related risks are expected to be exacerbated by climate change.
In 2012 New Zealand Red Cross Refugee services reviewed Its framework and services for resettlement of refugee youth ages 12-24. Information was gathered in focus groups or interviews with 76 people including youth, parents, Red Cross Refugee services’ staff and representatives of community groups and government agencies. The Review confirmed staff concerns and Informal feedback from youth and Refugee-background communities that experiences of resettling in New Zealand did not always meet the youths’ and their parents’ hopes and expectations for life In their new country.
RED CROSS PILOT SHOWS NEED FOR TARGETED HEALTH SERVICES FOR REFUGEES
New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Services is urging New Zealand’s health agencies to plan, advocate for and address the health needs of former refugees.
To mark World Refugee Day New Zealand Red Cross has released two reports on the health and wellbeing of former refugees and on refugee youth experiences. Both will be launched at an event at Parliament tomorrow, Thursday, 19 June.
As the second anniversary of the devastating February earthquake approaches, New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging the people of Christchurch to make their personal happiness and that of their family and friends a priority.
Red Cross is working with an expert in psychological recovery from disaster, Australian clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon, who says year three can be the most difficult for some.
Red Cross is helping former residents of Christchurch who are still recovering from the devastating earthquakes.
With thousands of former residents of Christchurch now living in Australia, Red Cross is helping lead an information session on 25 October for people who are still recovering physically, emotionally and socially from the devastating earthquakes.
The Government has approved $15 million for Canterbury District Health Board to relocate Christchurch Hospital's outpatients unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said, "We have fast-tracked the approval for this work so that the facilities will be ready in time for the 2012 winter peak in demand.
"The DHB's earthquake recovery plan has identified a need to increase short to medium term medical bed capacity, and to pull most of the General Medicine services back on to one site.
Efforts are being stepped up to support quake-stricken Cantabrians with more resources being channelled into mental health services, says Associate Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman.
Extended GP consultations, increased counselling support and a new specialist earthquake response team has been established to help people cope with the on-going effects of the series of major earthquakes and aftershocks in the region.
New Zealand Red Cross today announced that Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor advised fund, has donated NZ$1 million to fund three key New Zealand Red Cross projects to support the people affected by the February 22 nd earthquake and support teams in Christchurch.
- 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.
Save the Children New Zealand is already in Christchurch working with children and families to help cope with the stresses caused by the continuing aftershocks.
“The people of Christchurch have been amazingly resilient and our thoughts are with them as they deal once again with the continuing aftershocks,” CEO Liz Gibbs said.
- The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) component concluded two weeks of operations in Christchurch on March 8.
=B7 On March 3, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced the conclusion of the search and rescue phase of the earthquake response, formally shifting the focus of the response to recovery.
=B7 As of March 4, the Christchurch earthquake had resulted in 163 confirmed deaths, according to the Government of New Zealand (GoNZ) Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management (MCDEM).
1515hrs, 3 March 2011
CBD operation moves to recovery phase
Civil Defence Emergency Management National Controller John Hamilton said the focus of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team working in the Christchurch central business district following the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011 will now be on recovering bodies.
"As time has gone on, the chance of finding someone alive has diminished and, sadly, there becomes a point where the response effort shifts in focus from rescue to body recovery," said Mr Hamilton.
1200hrs, 2 March 2011
Cordon management and access
Plans are progressing to allow people to retrieve vehicles abandoned within the CBD cordon after last week's earthquake, and for limited access to some buildings.
Threats to personal safety remain the main reason behind the continuing restrictions on access through the cordon. However, Civil Defence is planning how to provide business owners and residents with limited supervised access to their property inside the cordon. For safety reasons, access will be for a strictly limited period and will be closely controlled.
1417hrs, 1 March 2011
State of national emergency extended
Civil Defence Minister John Carter has today extended the state of national emergency for a further seven days in the aftermath of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch last Tuesday. The state of national emergency in New Zealand was declared last Wednesday and is expected to continue for several more weeks, Mr Carter says.
"This declaration ensures coordination and cooperation between central and local resources, and international assistance.
1730hrs, 28 February 2011
Prime Minister releases initial earthquake assistance package
At 1430hrs 28 February 2011 Prime Minister John Key announced a six week assistance package to provide immediate support for Christchurch businesses and workers affected by last week's major earthquake. The package is made up of two parts:
- An Earthquake Support Subsidy to help employers keep paying wages
- Earthquake Job Loss Cover to support employees whose employer believes their business is no longer viable.
People can apply online, over the phone or they can come into …