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In the aftermath of the September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake, many people faced complex challenges that called for an efficient way of sharing information.
In response, residents’ groups banded together to form CanCERN – the Canterbury Communities’ Earthquake Recovery Network. The February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake multiplied the need for such services.
CanCERN works closely with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and the Earthquake Commission (EQC) to help residents in affected areas understand official announcements and ensure two-way communication with decision makers.
“CanCERN gives a reasoned voice to issues, and continues to work and resolve the problems of rebuilding our town,” explained Barry Tutt of the Bexley Residents Association.
The network includes 39 residents’ groups that range in size from 50 to 1000 members. “The numbers constantly change because of the zoning decisions that have affected where people are able to live,” said Brian Parker, CanCERN’s Communications Manager.
CanCERN also alerts the authorities to concerns about health, housing and other issues. Staff members give their time despite themselves living in areas badly hit by the earthquakes.
The Tindall Foundation, as part of its $5 million commitment to Canterbury Earthquake recovery, partnered with the Todd Foundation and Hugh Green Foundation to support CanCERN.
For more information contact:
Brian Parker, Communications Manager
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