E mihi ana ki a koutou.

The Blueprint for Christchurch city is now on-line
The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (CCDU- 100 day Blueprint) is now up on line at www.ccdu.govt.nz.  Ngāi Tahu has provided planning and design advice to the Central City Development Unit on how a Ngāi Tahu narrative can be incorporated into the city rebuild.

The CCDU website shows artists impressions of what Christchurch could look like, a video gallery starring some of our whānau speaking about the Ngāi Tahu connection, updates on projects and investment information . You can also download the 120 page document outlining the future development of central Christchurch. Ngāi Tahu is a statutory partner with CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority), and is actively taking a partnership approach.

Tēnā, aro mai Māori business people! 
The Māori Business Facilitation Service (Te Puni Kōkiri) helps new and existing businesses and is available to any Māori entrepreneur or business. Help includes mentoring, coaching, problem solving, networking, help in identifying funding sources and accessing resources and referrals to other business services. Contact Tamai Sinclair on 0800 875 839.

Be part of the Waitaha recovery – cadetships with Aurecon
Aurecon New Zealand and Ngāi Tahu have established a technical cadetship program to provide career opportunities for Ngāi Tahu within the engineering industry. Cadets will be supported by Aurecon New Zealand through on the job training towards a formal qualification through Te Tapuae o Rehua partners and CPIT. For more information contact Eruera Tarena [email protected] 0800 KAI TAHU, 03 3659206, 021989852 or see page 42 for more information.

Know your rights
The Human Rights Commission website now has information and advice on review and appeal rights following the Canterbury earthquakes. Visit www.hrc.co.nz to find review or appeal rights information for common situations such as declining the government’s offer, repairs, zoning issues, review/appeal rights, accommodation, property, landlords and human rights.

Red Cross Winter Assistance Grants extended
Red Cross has extended its Winter Assistance Grant to include all households living in homes significantly damaged by the earthquakes or to households who have had to move into damp or hard to heat accommodation. The grant is for $100 per month for four months paid to your electricity provider. To apply, visit www.redcross.org.nz or call 0800 754 726.

Also, please visit www.healthychristchurch.org.nz to find the winter safety checks or call 0800 388 588 for tips and advice. The Healthy Christchurch website also lists winter-related services available in and around Ōtautahi.

Support available right now:
$1000 – Funding for specialist earthquake advice (HOP) – He Oranga Pounamu has up to $1000 available to help out with lawyers’ fees, building reports, engineers reports, geotechnical advice and other specialist earthquake damage advice. Call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

Free – Earthquake support – He Oranga Pounamu Kaitoko Whānau are available to work through any issues regarding accommodation, housing, building repairs, health and education, working with EQC and your insurance company. Call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

NEW! Free – Māori Business Facilitation Service – A Te Puni Kōkiri service offering mentoring, coaching problem solving, advice in identifying funding sources, resources, referrals etc. Call Tamai Sinclair on 0800 875 839.

$400 – Winter Assistance Grant – to assist vulnerable households living in homes significantly damaged by the earthquakes or whānau who have had to move into damp or hard to heat accommodation. Visit the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.nz or call 0800 754 726.

Up to $750 – The Independent Advice for Small Business grant – for small and family run businesses (under 10 employees) to access professional legal and accounting advice in relation to the effect of earthquakes on their business. Visit the Recover Canterbury website: www.recovercanterbury.co.nz or call on 0800 50 50 96.

Creative NZ grants – Earthquake Emergency Assistance – for artists and arts organisations, not necessarily based in Christchurch. Visit: www.creativenz.govt.nz for more information.

Free financial advice – The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income – for residential red zone property owners. Visit: www.sorted.org.nz/redzone.

Several Red Cross Earthquake Commission grants are still open, including Winter Assistance, Storage, Independent Advice, Disability, a second bereavement grant, moving and water filter assistance. For more information or to apply visit the Red Cross website www.redcross.org.nz or call 0800 754 726.

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