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Learn from community organisations after Christchurch quakes

Learning from the vital work of community organisations following the Christchurch quakes

A new web-based collection of research about the work of Canterbury organisations in post-earthquake Christchurch is now live.

There is much to learn from how Canterbury people banded together and are now rebuilding their neighbourhoods, following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

To ensure the hard-won insights are widely shared, Community Research has set up a new ‘Learning from Christchurch' research collection. This collection brings together in a single place the research and reports on how Canterbury communities coped, changed and collaborated.

“Our new “Learning from Christchurch” research collection will help lots of organisations around New Zealand to better understand issues like why it matters to be connected, and how to be better prepared, and how to meet the post-emergency needs of particular groups in society. It also documents the particular contribution of Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary organisations,” says Jan Hinde, Director of Community Research.

“Putting the research in one place is like a memory bank. Christchurch has changed, but what people have learned lives on.”

The 'Learning From Christchurch' collection includes reports and research from over 36 different community agencies, each giving their own unique insights. The collection was launched in Christchurch on 18 November 2013.

Three Christchurch agencies, 'Council of Social Services in Christchurch', 'He Oranga Pounamu', and 'Healthy Christchurch', collaborated with Community Research to contribute research and ideas for this special collection.

“This new collection helps us better understand the unique characteristics that make for resilient communities, and it gives us some amazing insights into how Canterbury communities coped and collaborated in the wake of disaster in 2010 and 2011” says Jan Hinde. ‘We’ve created a place for the small stories that really are the big stories.”

Every single piece of research in this collection is now available free of charge, for anyone with an interest, and is quick and simple to download and read. New items are being added as they are created or found and anyone who finds relevant research is encouraged to get in touch.

See the new "Learning from Christchurch" research collection

More about Community Research

Community Research is a national NGO with a unique mandate to build research, evaluation and learning capacity in the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector. We collate and disseminate research and resources. We do this because communities who learn well, do well.

Our core strategies are:
• Ngā Kitengā Me Ngā Putangā - Promoting the visibility of and access to community research
• Te Pono Me Te Tika - Promoting quality assurance and good-practice community research
• Ngā Honongā - Promoting and strengthening connections between the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector
• Ngā Mahi Rangahau Rautaki - Commissioning research of significance to the sector
• Kia Tū Tonu Te Whare - Ensuring the ongoing, sustainable operation of the organization

We serve the thousands of organisations and iwi that make up the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector in New Zealand, and we share learning and resources amongst Tangata Whenua, NGO’s and the Sector, and to Government. We bring local connectedness, capacity, and knowledge, particularly in relation to community-led research.


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