4 September 2010

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake

The earthquake occurred 40km west of Christchurch and caused widespread damage to water, power and sewerage services.

22 February 2011

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake

The earthquake occurred 10km southeast of Christchurch, killing 185 people and causing major damage to Christchurch land, buildings and infrastructure.

March 2011

Christchurch grants programme established

At its peak a team of 151 staff worked 8am to 8pm, seven days a week processing grants for earthquake-affected Cantabrians.

June 2012

First round of winter warmer packs distributed

We delivered 4,500 winter warmer packs to people in greater Christchurch living in cold and earthquake-damaged houses.

October 2012

Address The Stress youth website launched

Research showed the quakes had significantly affected young people, so we launched Address The Stress to provide advice on how to deal with tough times.

March 2013

Community transport programme launched

We introduced a “cross-town shuttle” to help vulnerable and socially isolated Cantabrians attend appointments and activities.

community vehicles
April 2013

Second round of winter warmer packs distributed

We delivered another 9,250 winter warmer packs to people in greater Christchurch living in cold and earthquake-damaged houses.

Date March 2014

Youth workers and social workers in schools

We provided $2.3 million to place youth workers in 30 schools and funded seven full-time social workers for primary and intermediate schools in greater Christchurch.

October 2014

Recovery Matters psychosocial workshops launched

We launched psychosocial workshops to help people understand the recovery journey, the effects of stress and how to improve personal well-being.

Recovery Matters
August 2015

Bounce.org.nz youth website launched

Bounce.org.nz replaced Address The Stress to promote positive well-being tips to young people.

December 2015

Community transport fleet upgraded

To be more flexible and meet the increasing demand, we upgraded and expanded the fleet of vehicles.

April 2016

Psychological First Aid courses launched

Lessons learnt from our involvement in the earthquake recovery inspired a new psychological first aid training programme that we rolled out nationwide.

June 2016

Final grants payment made

Between March 2011 and June 2016 the cash grants programme distributed more than $98.3 million to earthquake-affected Cantabrians.

November 2016

November Earthquakes

Our expertise and the lessons learned from Christchurch helped us effectively respond to residents' needs in Hurunui, Kaikoura, Marlborough and Wellington.

January 2017

Here For Good campaign launched

Recovery-initiated programmes continue to operate, while the focus now turns to building community resilience and preparedness.