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Published: 2010-09-09 00:00:00

Staff from a number of councils across the Waikato region arrived in Christchurch this morning to help authorities in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake.

The Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) group’s public information manager and six building inspectors from local councils will spend the next three days lending their expertise to agencies in the region.

The Waikato CDEM group has been coordinating offers of help from Waikato councils. Another 20 building inspectors and 17 staff with training in civil defence emergency centre operations are also on standby to travel to Christchurch in the coming weeks.

Waikato coordinating executive group chair Langley Cavers said that nationally there has been an overwhelming response of offers of help from the public, and in the Waikato this has included offers of building services and the loan of a digger and trucks.

The Waikato CDEM group is also looking at other assistance it might provide, including a financial contribution from local authorities across the region.

People wanting to help are now being requested to make cash donations to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. There are a number of ways to do this.

  • Donate online at www.redcross.org.nz.
  • Phone 0900 33 200 to make an automatic $20 donation.
  • Donate in person at any NZ Post, Kiwibank, ANZ, National Bank, ASB, TSB and BNZ branch across New Zealand. 
  • Send a cheque (payable to New Zealand Red Cross) to: Canterbury Earthquake Appeal, Freepost 232690, PO Box 12-140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144

One hundred per cent of all money donated to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal will go to the Appeal. More information is available at www.redcross.org.nz