Ngai Tahu helps whanau affected by Christchurch Earthquake

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Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu is working hard to keep whanau informed of what is happening in Otautahi, although offices are closed until further notice they have re-established their communications via the Seafood Plant near the Christchurch Airport.

Runanga staff are calling marae and will begin ringing whanau in affected areas shortly.

  • A government helpline has been set up (0800 779 997).
  • Call 0800 Whai Rawa (0800 942 472) if you would like to contact the Runanga.

The Runanga is asking whanau to stay at home and stay safe and to keep watching their Facebook page for updates.

Recent Updates

Initital reports suggest that whanau, friends and workmates have come through this latest visit of Ruaumoko relatively OK.

Te Waipounamu House still stands but the disruption internally is considerably greater than last year’s September quake. However, the buildings structural integrity is in doubt.

Email email servers have been knocked out again so restoring the IT architecture is the first organisational priority as that is our means to both business operations and keeping in touch with whanau is enabled.

Marae read to assist

Marae available to assist whanau who are looking for whanaungatanga and respite:

  • Tuahiwi Marae, Tuahiwi
  • Waihao Marae, Waimate
  • Puketeraki Marae, Karitane
  • Takahanga Marae, Kaikoura

Koukourarata Marae is also open for whanau. Please note that the roads are a bit dodgy.
Wairewa Marae in Little River is also open for anyone needing accommodation.

How to Donate Funds

Whanau are asking about whether the Earthquake Charitable Trust Account that was opened after September 4, is still open – the answer is Yes, and funds will be used for Ngai Tahu Whanui, all other members of all iwi in the affected region, and the wider community. The account is at the ANZ (account number 01 0797 0460281 01).

Help available to Christchurch whanau

Assistance for Cantabrians is available now and all possible help will be offered to those in need says Social Development Minister.

The situation is changing, but currently there are two welfare centres which are operating, at Hagley Park and at Burnside High School, says Ms Bennett.

The 0800 779997 helpline will operate 24 hours, providing information, advice and transferring calls through to other appropriate agencies.

That helpline has so far taken more than 2000 calls.

Food and water is being delivered to the welfare centres and people will be cared for there as we deal with immediate need, says Ms Bennett.

Financial assistance will also be made available to those who need it, we have the ability to provide Civil Defence emergency payments and other assistance is available, says Ms Bennett.

People should call the Government helpline to discuss the assistance they need.

Three Work and Income centres are open, in Ashburton, Hornby and Rangiora today for emergencies only, but people are advised not to travel through the city if they can avoid it and call the Helpline instead.

Kia ora to Anake Goodall for these images:

9 COMMENTS

  1. Goodness me "boy" – do you know what "Manaakitanga" means? Shame on you for accusing Maori for wearing "racial blinkers", perhaps you need to take off your "kuare", (ignorant) blinkers and learn more about your Maoritanga.

    He mihi aroha tenei mai i te pito o taku puku ki a koutou nga karangatanga maha o Otautahi, Maori mai, Pakeha mai, tauiwi mai, nei ra te mihi aroha nui ki a koutou katoa ki runga i tenei wa tino pouri rawa atu, ki o koutou mate i hinga ai i roto i tenei ruwhenua, i tenei parekura, hoki atu ra, hoki atu ra ki ou koutou tupuna, ki te ringa kaha o to tatou atua nana i hanga nga mea katoa, hoki atu ra ki tua o te arai! He aha te mea nui o te ao nei, maku e kii atu, "He Tangata, He tangata, he tangata!"

  2. Wonderful to see you are helping out,please please dont discriminate,they are all New Zealanders in desperate need of help regardless if they are maori or not.

    Take the racial blinkers off and be a decent Kiwi!

    • No doubt anyone who wishes to stay at these marae won't be turned away (caring for visitors is a key tenet of Maori culture). Our aim is to highlight Maori-relevant support mechanisms. Just good for whanau to know where to go to get support. Indeed – take off the blinkers and feel free to donate to this fund e hoa. Just like some will donate to children's funds, women's funds and pets funds. IT ALL HELPS.

    • Yes it is wonderful indeed, and the ever present manaakitanga that always goes out to one and all ie. the very essense which underpins the existence of all marae. They are not just for Maori, so please do not taint any act of kindness with such a blinkered remark, especially at this time when everyones hearts are with those who have lost their loved ones.

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