New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile

New Zealand Contribution to Earthquake Relief in Chile Continues

The New Zealand Embassy has carried out a series of reconstruction projects, in addition to the New Zealand Government’s immediate contribution of NZ$500,000, following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southern and central Chile on 27 February.


  • Ambassador Rosemary Paterson recently presented a new computer laboratory to the Liceo Nueva Zelandia in Santa Juana, to replace equipment destroyed in the earthquake (photo attached);
  • A group of New Zealand volunteers has built emergency housing ("mediaguas") in Cobquecura (close to the epicentre of the earthquake);
  • Recovery work at the Agroforestry College in Quilacahuin has enabled the boarding school to remain open;
  • The purchase of replacement teaching equipment and materials at the Escuela Nueva Zealandia in Santiago; and
  • Provision of trauma counselling training for indigenous women run by the NGO Tremonhue Centre in Cajon de Maipo.

The Government’s NZ$500,000 grant in the days after the earthquake was intended to contribute to the cost of emergency relief efforts. The money was provided to the International Red Cross, to respond to the most pressing needs, such as providing shelter for the victims in the worst affected areas.

"While Chile has well-established disaster response systems, this is a major catastrophe for our close friend and partner, and New Zealand wants to play its part in responding to the Chilean Government's request for international assistance", Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced.

New Zealand firms with interests in Chile have made individual contributions amounting to some NZ$1,200,000

Minister McCully's official announcement is available at: 

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