News and emergency information sources for #Christchurch #eqnz

This post is out of date –last updated: 4pm Sunday Feb 27 2011 – but I’m leaving it here for future reference. Links may no longer work.


Essential numbers from Civil Defence

  • Earthquake Government Helpline: 0800 779 997
    A service for people requiring information on income support, housing options, health issues, community assistance, Civil Defence or any other government service.
  • Healthline (24 hours): 0800 611 116
    The service is staffed by registered nurses who will assess your health needs, and give information and advice to help you decide on the best level of care.
  • Earthquake Commission (EQC): 0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243)
    For information on EQC’s insurance cover, cleaning up and making a claim.
  • Christchurch City Council customer services: 03 941 8999
    For assessment of major structural damage to your home or business premises or for help with essential council services such as water supply or sewage disposal.
  • Federated Farmers helpline: 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646)
    For information, advice and contacts for Canterbury farmers (weekdays 8.30am – 5pm).
  • Business helpline: 0800 42 49 46
    Information for business owners.
  • Christchurch International Airport: 0800 568 369


Credible information sources


Find People

  • Red Cross missing persons service: Call 0800 733 276 (0800 RED CROSS).
  • People enquiring from outside New Zealand can call the RED CROSS on  +64 7 850 2199.
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade emergency hotline for those with family and friends in NZ 1300 555 135
  • Google’s People Finder for Christchurch #eqnz:
  • There is an #eqnzContact hashtag. Here is #eqnzContact search on Google. This is #eqnzContact search on Twitter.
  • @safeinchch has been handling tweets about people who have come through #eqnz okay


Find Accommodation


Find help if you’ve left Christchurch

Help available for ethnic communities from Ministry of Ethnic Affairs:


Medical & Health


‘What’s open in Christchurch’

  • Find out what’s working and what’s not in your neighbourhood on: Get alerts for your neighbourhood and report on what you can see that’s broken or damaged, if roads are blocked or drains open, what shops are open, which gas stations have petrol and so on. Text 5627, email or post on the site


CrowdSourcing  & Aggregations




News sites


Useful Twitter Accounts

@MCDM (NZcivildefence)