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Prime Minister John Key and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee on today's announcements.

Visit the CERA website, http://www.landcheck.org.nz, to check the status of residential property in greater Christchurch.

23 June - Media Releases:

Prime Minister: Govt outlines next steps for people of Canterbury

Prime Minister John Key today announced the next step in the government's ongoing work to give people of greater Christchurch a clearer picture of what their future holds following a series of major earthquakes and aftershocks in the region.

Earthquake Recovery Minister: Latest Christchurch land information released

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the announcement today of zones of land damage in greater Christchurch is the most up-to-date information that can be provided. [Many attachments of interest included in this release.]

Prime Minister: PM welcomes bank’s package for Chch

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed ANZ’s $1 billion dollar commitment of special mortgage lending to help Christchurch homeowners relocate.


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Ministerial announcements detailing the Government's response to the February 2011 Canterbury Earthquake.

Wednesday 23 November

Recycling of earthquake waste to be maximised

CERA powers unlock Kaiapoi development

Monday 21 November

Canterbury records country’s strongest growth

Thursday 17 November

8300 non-residential properties zoned green

Further 758 Christchurch properties rezoned

Tuesday 15 November

Workshops to prepare prisoners for Chch rebuild

Health and safety funding for safe Canterbury rebuild

Wednesday 09 November

Canterbury trade hits two year high

Tuesday 08 November

Minister welcomes new stadium for Canterbury

New 17,000-seat temporary stadium for Canterbury

Saturday 29 October

PM launches Restart in Christchurch

Friday 28 October

New foundation design categories for Canterbury

6430 orange zone properties turned green

Friday 14 October

Changes to speed up urban planning in ChCh

Economic recovery continues in Canterbury

Nearly 5500 more properties zoned green

Wednesday 12 October

Royal Commission of Inquiry’s interim report released

Royal Commission interim report welcomed

Tuesday 11 October

Orange zone decisions are top priority

EQC levies rise to realistically reflect costs

Dunne: two Canterbury quake tax provisions extended

Friday 7 October

Changes proposed to RMA following earthquake report

Thursday 6 October

Exemption will deliver over 1000 more sections

Wednesday 5 October

New scholarships for Christchurch students

Tuesday 4 October

Consultation on the future of education in Canterbury

Friday 30 September

Minister welcomes report into Christchurch buildings

Thursday 22 September

Final alliance agreement signed in Christchurch

Wednesday 21 September

Govt provides funding certainty for Canterbury tertiary institutions

Friday 16 September

Resourcing for Christchurch schools

Monday 12 September

Shirley Boys’ High School returns to original site

Wednesday 7 September

Extra post-quake support for Canty DHB

Monday 5 September

Canterbury’s latest economic data promising

Draft Recovery Strategy released for review

Most of Port Hills land now zoned green

New and extended Trades Academies for Canterbury

Ministers praise Christchurch court staff

Sunday 4 September

Quake anniversary a time for thanks

Tuesday 30 August

EQC's earthquake liability revised upwards

Delegation to address insurance issues

New Zealanders can have confidence in EQC

Wednesday 24 August

Work begins on Kaiapoi’s residential rezoning

Monday 22 August

Further legal representation for quake victims’ families announced

Friday 19 August

First red zone offer letters in the mail

Thursday 18 August

Waimakariri District land decisions released

Preparation of Red Zone offers well underway

Friday 12 August

PM welcomes kick-start for CBD retail

Thursday 11 August

Draft recovery plan for Christchurch CBD released

Wednesday 10 August

Council’s draft plan release is sensible

Friday 5 August

More than 10,000 winter heat installations

Wednesday 03 August

Housing assistance for red zone residents

Tuesday 2 August

Legal fees and generous deposits for red zone

Strong interest in residential red zone offer

Thursday 28 July

Kaiapoi speculation unfair and disappointing

Friday 22 July

Copthorne Hotel demolition contract awarded

More Canterbury land zoned green

Tuesday 12 July

PM welcomes Appeal funding for Christchurch projects

Steady economic data prior to June quakes

Monday 11 July

Address to 2011 Local Government New Zealand Conference

Friday 08 July

Christchurch schools set to return to home sites

CERA seeks views on Recovery Strategy

Thursday 07 July

More support for Canterbury mental health services

Wednesday 06 July

$6m in Lottery funding to help Christchurch

Monday 04 July

EQC passes $1 billion mark

Friday 01 July

Govt amends rating valuation process for greater Christchurch

Thursday 30 June

Govt provides $16m for Canty DHB quake costs

Saturday 25 June

Community forum members announced

Thursday 23 June

Govt outlines next steps for people of Canterbury

Latest Christchurch land information released

PM welcomes bank’s package for Chch

Wednesday 22 June

Govt to outline next steps for people of Canterbury

Monday 13 June

Video: Prime Minister's statement on today's earthquakes

Video: The Australian - Featuring Hon Gerry Brownlee on rebuilding Christchurch (undated interview)

Friday 10 June

Changes to CCC requirements

Wednesday 01 June

Positive signs emerging in Canterbury

Friday 27 May

Payroll Giving topped half million dollars in March

More than 5000 heat installations completed

Govt provides $650k for ChCh events village

Thursday 26 May

Minister welcomes $15m investment

Second leaders’ briefing held

Christchurch keeps working

Wednesday 25 May

Grand Chancellor demolition plan agreed

Port reclamation fast-tracked to assist recovery

Tuesday 24 May

World-beating ultra fast broadband for Christchurch

Claims hit 159,000 as deadline passes

Broadband boost will support recovery

Monday 23 May

New Kathmandu facility great news

Saturday 21 May

Dunne: Earthquake tax bill passes

Thursday 19 May

$5.5b for Canterbury Recovery Fund

$10m Budget support for Canterbury families

Earthquake Kiwi Bond to help fund recovery

Budget funds new earthquake recovery authority

Wednesday 18 May

PM thanks US film organisations for donations to Christchurch

New foundation rule recognises seismic hazard

Tuesday 17 May

Winter heat progress encouraging

Additional support for Christchurch schools

Monday 16 may

Study centres support Christchurch students

Thursday 12 May

Minister welcomes Roger Sutton to CERA

Budget 2011: Canterbury trades training boost

Retirement Villages Association re-housing assistance

Tuesday 10 May

Outstanding response to community forum

Monday 9 May

Minister supports central city community expo

Wednesday 4 May

First quake MPs’ briefing held at Parliament

Earthquake tax treatment bill tabled

Prisoner job training to help Christchurch

Tuesday 3 May

Local alliance to rebuild local infrastructure

Sunday 1 May

State of national emergency expires

Wednesday 27 April

PM welcomes telethon for Christchurch

Minister calls for expressions of interest

Tuesday 26 April

Earthquake claims top 300,000

Sunday 24 April

State of national emergency extended further

Wednesday 20 April

Good progress with post quake state house repairs

Fund helping Canterbury exporters build business

Tuesday 19 April

KiwiSaver relief for earthquake-affected Cantabrians

Monday 18 April

State of national emergency extended further

Review panel members announced

New Zealand’s gift to the Royal Wedding

Ministers welcome Canterbury TV’s return to air

Christchurch tourism given boost

Thursday 14 April

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Bill passes

Tuesday 12 April

State of national emergency extended further

Dunne: further Christchurch tax relief on depreciation

Dr Rod Carr appointed as Christchurch Earthquake Appeal trustee

Monday 11 April

Govt gets on with rebuilding Christchurch

Christchurch Royal Commissioners announced

Friday 8 April

Christchurch Pacific People Hard-hit but Resilient

Thursday 7 April

PM welcomes Westpac Business Hub for Christchurch

Back up financial support for AMI policyholders

Wednesday 6 April

State of national emergency continues

Experts appointed to assist investigation

Tuesday 5 April

Relationship fund helps Canterbury exporters

Monday 4 April

Quake, guarantee scheme reflected in accounts

Thursday 31 March

Coca-Cola investment vote of confidence in ChCh

State of national emergency continues

Tuesday 29 March

New authority created for Canterbury rebuild

New authority will deliver for Canterbury

Relief for financial advisers affected by earthquake

Monday 28 March

Earthquake tax relief measures announced

PM extends business, employment assistance for Christchurch

Job Loss Cover extended for Christchurch individuals

Government extends employment support package for Christchurch

Sunday 27 March

Dunne will not lead new authority

Saturday 26 March

PM applauds ASB’s $250 million investment in Christchurch

Friday 25 March

State of national emergency extended further

Thursday 24 March

Christchurch business issues addressed

Wednesday 23 March

Government welcomes progress in Waimakariri

Dunne welcomes Australian tax move on Christchurch quake

Tuesday 22 March

Govt commits to helping Canterbury businesses

Monday 21 March

Christchurch cordon to save lives

Sunday 20 March

More schools re-open in Christchurch, ECE funding extended

Saturday 19 march

State of national emergency extended further

Friday 18 March

Speech to National Memorial Service

Essential justice services stabilised in Christchurch

Thursday 17 March

PM thanks Prince William and Catherine Middleton for support

Speech to ANZ’s Capital Markets Conference

Last international USAR team leaves Christchurch

Wednesday 16 March

Dunne: Govt considers Christchurch quake tax issues

Department investgation into key buildings

Tuesday 15 March

Statement to Parliament that state of national emergency has been extended

Prisons pitch in for Christchurch

Monday 14 March

PM announces Royal Commission on earthquake

Top-level Australian presence at Memorial Service

Sunday 13 March

State of national emergency extended further

Vast majority of Christchurch schools open this week

Australian Police thanked for quake help

Friday 11 March

New EQC assessment process for quake-damaged homes

Christchurch tertiary institutions reopening progressively

Thursday 10 March

110 Christchurch schools to re-open by Monday

Temporary toilets delivered as fast as possible

Chch earthquake excluded from ACC experience rating

Lotto customers thanked for generosity

Turia thanks Community and Voluntary Sector

Wednesday 9 March

PM welcomes Prince William’s visit to Christchurch and Greymouth

Mark Weldon to lead Govt Appeal

Tuesday 8 March

Ministerial statement on Canterbury earthquake

Around 10,000 houses will need to be rebuilt

Statement to Parliament that state of national emergency extended

Support the women of Christchurch on International Women’s Day

Urgent support for Christchurch students

Govt cuts red-tape in quake recovery efforts

Quake effects yet to show in Crown accounts

More Christchurch schools to open, funding extended

Inspection of state homes in worst hit areas of Christchurch complete

RMA changes support Christchurch recovery

Monday 7 March

State of national emergency extended

Finance Minister Video - Briefing on Costs: Earthquake Recovery

Sunday 6 March

Govt considers balanced quake policy response

Christchurch schools begin re-opening

High profile Cantabs rally for the community

Friday 4 March

Getting Christchurch students back to school

Parata acknowledges energy companies support in Christchurch

Dunne unveils new way to give to quake appeal

MSI steps up to help companies recover

Recovery Assistance Centres to provide ongoing services

Temporary accommodation to meet need

Thursday 3 March

Prime Minister's announcement on developments in Christchurch

NZDF at its best in supporting Christchurch

Christchurch Tertiary Institutions Plan For Restart

Wednesday 2 March

ACC support for Chch earthquake victims

Supporting schools to re-open

Support package provides much needed assistance

Tuesday 1 March

Schools keen to re-open

Deputy Prime Minister's speech notes for Christchurch Earthquake Vigil

Govt Quake Appeal donations can get tax benefits

Cantabrians take up Government support package

State of national emergency extended

Media update: International assistance received

Essential Justice services maintained in Christchurch

Support for ethnic communities in Christchurch

Monday 28 February

Work and Income mobilises in Christchurch

Te Puni Kokiri supporting Ngai Tahu response to Canterbury earthquake

Financial commitment to rebuild Canterbury

Minister praises Canterbury schools

Earthquake support package available immediately

PM releases initial earthquake assistance package

Sunday 27 February

PM launches Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

Canterbury Earthquake Appeal: Special Feature with Video

HMNZS Canterbury has full load for voyage

Support for Canterbury schools and students

Agriculture Minister praises farmer volunteers

Saturday 26 February

NZ asked to observe silence for Canterbury

Government approves special Christchurch Lotto draw

Canterbury loading up with relief supplies

Support for Cantabrians in difficult circumstances

Friday 25 February

Media update: International assistance received

More help available in Christchurch

Dunne reminds Kiwis of tax credits for quake donations

Firefighters doing great job with international support

Key Notes: Standing alongside Cantabrians

Help available to ethnic communities in Christchurch

Health volunteers database set up for Canty

IRD will take flexible approach to quake victims

Thursday 24 February

PM reallocates portfolios to put focus on quake

Some rest home residents moving out of Chch

Media update: Offers of international assistance

Assistance for earthquake affected Cantabrians

Calls to elderly people essential

Update on Canterbury schools

McCully: Not just a New Zealand tragedy

Government discusses business quake support

Govt expresses grave concern for Kings Education missing

Housing New Zealand to provide temporary accommodation service to the people of Canterbury

Students step up and Government backs them

Wednesday 23 February

PM’s speech notes on Canterbury earthquake (with video)

Deputy PM: Speech to Parliament on Canterbury Earthquake

Minister of Civil Defence statement to Parliament that state of national emergency declared

Media update: Offers of foreign assistance

New Zealand thanks nations for offers of assistance

Cash donations best way to help Cantabrians

More welfare centres open

Update on Hagley Park welfare centre - closing

Minister praises health sector's quake response

Help available to Christchurch people

Vulnerable elderly contacted by Work and Income

Visa Extensions for Foreign Nationals Affected by Earthquake

Tuesday 22 February

Video - Hon Bill English: Update on Canterbury earthquake

Video - Hon Bill English: Statement on the Christchurch Earthquake


Ministerial announcements detailing the Government's response to the September 2010 Canterbury Earthquake.

Friday 18 February

Accommodation support for quake-affected

Tuesday 18 January

EQC reaches halfway mark on assessment of claims


Thursday 23 December

Good progress being made on Canterbury recovery

Monday 20 December

Guidance document on Canterbury house repairs released

Wednesday 1 December

Govt welcomes recovery roadmap for Canterbury

Monday 29 November

Canterbury business gets additional boost

Wednesday 24 November

Government approves $850k to re-survey Canterbury land

Thursday 18 November

Project managed repairs kick off

Thursday 11 November

Taskforce Green funding cleans up quake damage

Friday 5 November

Rebuilding with confidence - more builders to be licensed in Canterbury

Tuesday 2 November

Permanent repair to quake-hit state homes begins

Thursday 21 October

Govt welcomes positive outlook for Canterbury

Friday 15 October

Project management appointment welcomed

Friday 8 October

Training package for Canterbury businesses

Dunne: tax treatment of earthquake demolition costs clarified

Thursday 7 October

Positive signs from geotechnical report

Wednesday 6 October

Government helping Canterbury builders

Monday 4 October

Relocation assistance for community groups

Earthquake support subsidy extended

Friday 1 October

Good progress made on Chimney Replacement Programme

Government and banks reach agreement on large claim payouts

One-stop shop for major repair claims

Final Earthquake Commissioner named

Thursday 30 September

Dunne: Redundancy tax credit extended

Friday 24 September

Earthquake Recovery Commissioners named

Canterbury rental market service sped up

Support for ethnic communities following Quake

Dunne: IRD will work with stricken southerners

Thursday 23 September

Christchurch shows its resilience

Avonside HNZC tenants' needs assessed

Friday 17 September

Fast track process delivering for quake victims

Assistance for Canterbury region heritage building repairs

Thursday 16 September

HELP to house Cantabrians

Offenders help earthquake clean-up

Wednesday 15 September

States of emergency extended in Canterbury

Quake claims to cover new, efficient heating

Free business mentoring for Canterbury SMEs

Tuesday 14 September

Elderly appreciate calls from Work and Income

IRD can waive quake victims' late tax interest

NZDF steps up to help in Canterbury

Christchurch jury trials to resume

Monday 13 September

Urgent legislation to help Canterbury recovery

Extension to NZ 2011 Festival Lottery Fund deadline for Canterbury

Sunday 12 September

Over 200 Canterbury schools set to open

Friday 10 September


Civil Defence system passes critical test

Minister thanks Canterbury firefighters

Minister thanks schools and Ministry staff

Support for Canterbury continues


Thursday 9 September


Community Response Fund for Canterbury social service providers

Government appoints rural recovery coordinator

Government waives levy for earthquake waste

High-profile Cantabs rally for the Community

Wednesday 8 September


Tax assistance measures in place for quake victims

ACC staff providing support to EQC

Trauma support for the shaken and quake weary

Canterbury schools update

Tuesday 7 September

The Prime Minister outlines the Government's initial efforts to help Canterbury recover from the earthquake on 6 September.


Wage subsidy to support employees

Canterbury schools to remain closed

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister thanks volunteers

Monday 6 September


Health Minister thanks Canterbury health workers

Canterbury welfare services open

Rural Canterbury shows true Kiwi spirit

Sunday 5 September

Safety of Canterbury people top priority

Government helpline 0800 779997 proving effective

Agriculture Minister visiting earthquake hit farms

Go to www.canterburyearthquake.govt.nz for links to Central and Local Government Agencies supporting the Canterbury Earthquake