Category Archives: Christchurch

Update: Friday 23rd December 2011, 4.10pm

Update: 23rd December 2011, 4.10pm

Following the series of quakes in Christchurch since just before 2pm, the Group Civil Defence emergency office has activated in Papanui, Christchurch City is activating its Emergency Operations Centre in central Christchurch and Selwyn District Council has activated monitoring. Reports of damage are being monitored and the response will increase if the need for a significant coordinated response becomes apparent.

Advice for the public

People in the affected area should:

  •   Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on.
  • Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.
  • Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.
  • Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
  •  Help people who require special assistance – infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly. MCDEM, local civil defence authorities and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation.

Media Advisory – Transition from Civil Defence to CERA, 4:30pm Friday 29 April 2011

Transition from Civil Defence to CERA

As the Civil Defence emergency comes to a close, earthquake response and recovery functions will be transitioned out of the EOC and moving forward, many of the key roles and responsibilities will be shared between the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), the Christchurch City Council (the Council) and other local authorities and agencies.

CERA will lead the Recovery strategy, policy and planning, and the Council will continue to be responsible for regular Council related matters in the most part and the coordination of the Central City Plan.


The Council will be responsible for:

  • water and waste issues, including maintenance of street laterals;
  • portaloos and chemical toilets;
  • roading and traffic management;
  • kerbside collections;
  • water conservation and restrictions, including the state of the city’s waterways which will be shared in conjunction with Environment Canterbury; and
  • a rodent management plan

CERA will be responsible for the coordination and planning of infrastructure.

Orion will be responsible for power and the telcos will remain responsible for telecommunications.


CERA will be responsible for:

  • all individual building inquiries;
  • cordon management including access schemes for business,
  • temporary and residents;
  • demolitions, including debris management;
  • the Cashel Mall Re:Start project; and
  • business communications which will be shared with Councils.

The Council will be responsible for:

  • earthquake prone building policy;
  • heritage;
  • resource consents;
  • LIMs and PIMs;
  • CBD business putrescence cleaning; and
  • flood protection

Economic Recovery

CERA will be responsible for economic recovery coordination and skills/workforce planning.

The Department of Labour will be responsible for the Labour market.


Responsibilities for welfare will remain with the following government agencies:


Insurance claims and issues will be the responsibility of EQC, Insurance Council New Zealand and insurance companies.

Individual projects

CERA will be responsible for land remediation and will share the responsibility of the hillside suburbs with the Council.

The Council will be responsible for the Central City Plan.

Public information and website links

The general public can continue to call 941 8999 for all enquiries and check the following website for updates:,, and other agency websites.