Sir Anand said he had been shocked by the devastation wrought by last Saturday morning’s earthquake and was keen to personally offer his support, including hosting a BBQ at the Selwyn District Council Headquarters for volunteers.
“With the region continuing to experience aftershocks, many Canterbury people are naturally worried for the future. Even so, the strength and resilience of the community is impressive.”
Sir Anand praised the combined work of central and local government, civil defence, the emergency services and community groups who are doing their utmost to help the people of Canterbury find their feet.
“As people now steel themselves for recovery and rehabilitation, and progress emerges, Susan and I look forward to coming to Canterbury to lend our support in that regard.”
For more information, please contact: Rebekah Clement, Public Affairs Advisor, Government House on 021 243 7958
A more detailed itinerary is set out below:
Monday 13 September 2010:
- 8:00am Visit the Civil Defence Group Emergency Operations Centre
ECANZ, Kilmore Street Christchurch
- 8.50am Meet with Mayor Bob Parker, Christchurch City Council Controller Clive Manly, and EOC staff
Christchurch City Council Art Gallery
- 9.30am - View earthquake damage around Christchurch and visit student volunteer base.
11.00am Locations to be advised
- 11.00am Tai Tapu to view earthquake damage
Visit Lincoln drop in/Information Centre staffed by volunteers
Visit the Darfield Welfare Centre located at the Darfield Recreation Centre and staffed by volunteers.
Visit the epicentre site (Highfield Road).
- 12.15pm Sir Anand and Lady Susan host a BBQ at Selwyn District Council Headquarters for volunteers and all staff who have been actively involved in manning the Emergency Operations Centre and keeping the office operational.
- 1.15pm Visit Rolleston School to meet Principal, Andrew Morrell, and the children.
- 1.45pm Visit Rolleston Welfare Centre
* Due to the fluid nature of the situation, please regard this event schedule as provisional and approximate. If in doubt, call Rebekah Clement, Public Affairs Advisor, Government House on 021 243 7958