New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Please find below information on the Government response, the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, donations, information for travellers intending to visit New Zealand, and upcoming Fundraisers in Canada:

Government Response

For the latest Ministerial announcements detailing the Government's response to the February 2011 Canterbury Earthquake please visit the Beehive website.

This includes a message by Prime Minister John Key with details about the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

The New Zealand Government’s Christchurch Earthquake Appealis a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and the Canterbury region. The Appeal is designed to complement appeals already established, such as the funds organised by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.


Donations to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal are now tax deductible in Canada. The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is a "qualified donee" for income tax purposes and Canadian donors may now obtain tax relief for their donations to the Appeal.Tax receipts may be obtained on request from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Information for travellers intending to visit New Zealand

New Zealand is open, welcoming and operating as normal, except for some parts of Christchurch city. All New Zealand airports, including Christchurch airport are open.

Travellers are advised that all services outside of central Christchurch and Lyttelton, including tourism businesses, are operating as normal. Areas of Canterbury that are operating normally include Akaroa, Kaikoura, Aoraki Mount Cook and Hanmer Springs.

Main roads throughout New Zealand, including main roads out of Christchurch Airport are operating normally. Some parts of the central city of Christchurch are currently not accessible to the public. If your plans include Christchurch city, you are encouraged to contact your travel agent, accommodation, attraction or tour provider directly to confirm upcoming bookings.

Tourism New Zealand has further information for travellers intending to visit New Zealand.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is a Public Service department established by the New Zealand Government to work with the people of Canterbury to rebuild Christchurch.

Fundraisers in Canada

Toronto - Benefit Concert April 15th

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