Identifying the non-structural impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence on the Hurunui District

Disasters New Zealand

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is the agency leading and coordinating the recovery of greater Christchurch following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. The area over which CERA has responsibility was defined under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 using council boundaries rather than geographic impact. CERA covers greater Christchurch, which under the Act includes the Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts.

It is less commonly recognised that the Hurunui District, Canterbury, also experienced earthquake damage, with some 400 claims lodged with the NZ Government Earthquake Commission (EQC). The Hurunui simultaneously became a host community for people fleeing the CERA zone, particularly following the 22 February 2011 quake. This report identifies some of the non-physical impacts of the earthquakes on the Hurunui District, including the methods used to identify and survey stakeholder groups.

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