Links and information
For the latest Civil Defence updates go to www.civildefence.govt.nz/
Central government website for the Cantebury earthquake including information on cordon access http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz
Earthquake Employment Support Package - Work and Income
More information regarding the Earthquake Support Subsidy and Earthquake Job Loss Cover can be found at http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/eesp/index.html
See http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/business/earthquake-recovery/ess-next-steps.html for information on both the two-week extension of the ESS and on the second round to follow. Applications for the extension are open now. Applications for the second round will open on 7 April.
For information on the extension to the Job Loss Cover and Individual Support Payment for individuals see http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/individuals/earthquake-recovery/index.html.
Latest news from the Beehive
The latest news from the Beehive including information on earthquake support packages can be found at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/
You can donate money through the Red Cross Earthquake appeal at http://www.redcross.org.nz/ or at the New Zealand Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal at http://www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz/.
Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying help
www.letsfixit.org.nz is a voluntary organisation set up for members of the plumbing industry to co-ordinate efforts to help the people of Christchurch get back on their feet by getting basic water and wastewater supply reconnected with no charge for labour, as soon as possible. You can visit the site to provide help or register for help.
New Zealand Food Safety Authority information
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority has a special earthquake section on their website with food safety advice for consumers, food businesses and food industries to help people stay safe and continue or re-start business safely as soon as possible. You can view their webpage at http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/food-safety-in-the-canterbury-earthquake.htm
Reinstatement of Damage - Where to start/what to do
To find out where to start/what to do in regards to reinstatement of damage due to the Christchurch earthquake and for NZRA members who have their insurance through the BrokerWeb group click here
Meridian Power Update (1 Mar 2011)
Meridian Energy has established a temporary call centre in their Wellington Office. Their 0800 496 777 number is now operational and manned by relocated Christchurch call centre staff from 7.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday. For more information on medically dependent customers, bill payments, direct debits and further assistance please click here.
Tax information for customer's affected by the Canterbury earthquake
After an earthquake IRD understand that tax isn't the first thing on your mind, but it is important to check the IRD website for the latest tax relief measures. For more information click here
Click here to view their factsheet on tax or social entitlements or ring 0800 473 566 for more information.Click here to read their factsheet if your tax records have been damaged or destroyed.
The Inland Revenue have a useful resource for businesses called 'Tool for business', which is an online interactive tool to explain what you need to know - click here to vie the 'Tool for business'.
For Westpac Christchurch earthquake service updates and Westpac business insurance claims click here