New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

Canterbury Earthquake

For information on the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch on 22 February; details on how to contact family and friends in Christchurch; and updates regarding donations and events taking place in the UK and Ireland. 

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch at 12:51pm on 22 February and aftershocks have caused significant damage to the Christchurch Central Business District. A national state of emergency has now been declared. 

The latest general information can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence website and the Environment Canterbury website.

For information on the New Zealand Government’s response to the Christchurch earthquake visit

Contacting family and friends in Christchurch

The New Zealand Red Cross has launched a Person Enquiry Line. If you are phoning from outside New Zealand call +64 7 850 2199. We urge people to call this number only if you have a genuine concern for a friend or relative who you believe to be in the Christchurch area. People phoning from within New Zealand should call 0800 733 276.

Those concerned about British nationals in New Zealand should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth office, on +44 (0) 20 7008 8765 who provide consular assistance to British citizens abroad.

Those concerned for Irish nationals in New Zealand should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, on +353 (01) 418 0222.

Travelling to New Zealand

People planning to travel to New Zealand should visit Tourism New Zealand's website


The New Zealand Government has launched a Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Donations can be made at 

A UK arm of the Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal has been established. Donations can be made here:

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, both the British Red Cross and Irish Red Cross have also launched earthquake appeals.

Memorial Service

An official Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Service for the victims of the February 22 earthquake will be held in London at Westminster Abbey, on Sunday 27 March 2011. Due to high levels of interest from members of the New Zealand community in the UK attending the Memorial, the High Commission will run a ballot for tickets to attend. Please visit the news section of this website for further details. 

Fundraising events 

The New Zealand community in the UK and Ireland have come together to establish a number of fundraising events. Up-to-date lists of these events can be found at news website NZ News UK

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