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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.
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.
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.
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.
Community transport programme launched
We introduced a “cross-town shuttle” to help vulnerable and socially isolated Cantabrians attend appointments and activities.
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.
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.
Bounce.org.nz youth website launched
Bounce.org.nz replaced Address The Stress to promote positive well-being tips to young people.
Community transport fleet upgraded
To be more flexible and meet the increasing demand, we upgraded and expanded the fleet of vehicles.
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.
Final grants payment made
Between March 2011 and June 2016 the cash grants programme distributed more than $98.3 million to earthquake-affected Cantabrians.
Our expertise and the lessons learned from Christchurch helped us effectively respond to residents' needs in Hurunui, Kaikoura, Marlborough and Wellington.
Here For Good campaign launched
Recovery-initiated programmes continue to operate, while the focus now turns to building community resilience and preparedness.