Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

MP Welcomes Opening of ‘Christchurch Embassy’ in Dunedin

Clare Curran
Dunedin South MP

2 March 2011

MP Welcomes Opening of ‘Christchurch Embassy’ in Dunedin

Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has congratulated the Dunedin City Council and community groups for creating a safe place for Christchurch residents who have been forced to flee their city following last week’s earthquake.

The ‘Christchurch Embassy’, based at the Dunedin Railway Station, will be a place of welcome and refuge for Christchurch people who want to find support and agencies to meet their needs.

“This initiative is the result of high level community coordination, not only from the Dunedin City Council but with strong support from other community leaders and groups,” Clare Curran said.

“The Council and community groups are providing a welcoming arena whereby people can connect with agencies, organisations and services that will help them settle into the city for a short or longer term stay.

“It is likely over the coming days, weeks and months there will be a large influx of Cantabrians coming to Dunedin, either on a short getaway or for a more permanent fixture. I am happy to see the Council is ensuring that the residents of Christchurch will be well looked after when they arrive.” Clare Curran said.

The ‘Christchurch Embassy’ officially opened on Tuesday 1 March. Volunteers are available to provide information for Christchurch residents about any agency, organisation or service they may need to access. The Embassy is staffed by volunteers, initially for 24 hours a day until further notice.

“The Dunedin community has banded together, and with the newly opened Embassy, Dunedin will be able to provide all the practical and emotional support that we can.

There will be a full staff of volunteers to greet people, offer them a comfortable space to relax, give information about anything Christchurch residents may require, and offer resources to people in need,” Clare Curran said.

“It is times like these that make me proud to be part of a city that reaches out welcomes our neighbours. Dunedinites should be proud of this new initiative and I extend a big welcome to all Christchurch residents for as long as they are intending to stay.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election