New Zealand earthquake response

The February 2011 earthquake that struck Christchurch was New Zealand’s worst recorded natural disaster, killing 181 people and causing as much as AU$20 billion worth of damage.

Earthquake damaged buildings

Christchurch Cathedral

Caritas' response

Caritas Australia works closely with Caritas Aotearoa (New Zealand). Funds from the New Zealand Earthquake Appeal were used to assist victims with health, sanitation and psychosocial support and the provision of 4,000 “mini-loos” to earthquake affected families living without working toilets.

Caritas Australia’s CEO, Jack de Groot, said: 

“It is always heartbreaking to witness so much destruction and human suffering and sobering to see disaster strike the same communities time and again. The Caritas philosophy is one of partnership and solidarity; we will certainly be looking to support our colleagues at Caritas New Zealand and those Church agencies working with local communities to recover emotionally and rebuild over the coming months.”