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Canterbury Earthquake: Updated information

Christchurch is returning to normal after the serious earthquake that struck the city on 4 September.

The state of local emergency that had existed since the earthquake was lifted on 16 September and local authorities are now focusing on recovery and rebuilding. Only a few isolated areas of the city remain cordoned off to the public for safety reasons.

Bus, rail and air services (both domestic and international flights) are running as normal and all schools, universities and other education providers have reopened.

The area is continuing to experience aftershocks, but the frequency has greatly decreased. No other regions or cities in New Zealand were affected by the earthquake.

We include a message from the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce:

“Christchurch is in good spirits and we are open for business. The majority (over a 90%) of businesses are open and are ready and able to continue with business as usual. Spring has arrived with beautiful ski conditions and conferences are continuing to run in the major facilities in the city. Schools and tertiary institutions are back on campus.

The magnitude of the earthquake means that of course there is some damage – predominantly to the older buildings in the CBD and some suburbs and out-of-city areas have been hit harder than others. The city has worked tirelessly to ensure the infrastructure –from water and power through to roads, airport and port- is fully operational, and affected businesses have relocated to continue to trade.

Although the population has been shaken, everyone has pulled together to ensure the city and surrounds were back up on their feet just a few days after the quake. Through an instant and coordinated effort the key agencies in the region have ensured that information has flowed and help has been accessed where needed.

Business partners and customers should assume that their trading partners in this region are open for business. The Canterbury economy depends on national and international trade so the message from here is keep it coming!”


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