Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Red Cross continues its support for people of Christchurch


www.redcross.org.nz

NEWS RELEASE

20 February 2013

Red Cross continues its support for the people of Christchurch

As the second anniversary of the devastating February earthquake approaches, New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging the people of Christchurch to make their personal happiness and that of their family and friends a priority.

Red Cross is working with an expert in psychological recovery from disaster, Australian clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon, who says year three can be the most difficult for some.

“The third year can be particularly tough so pace yourself and focus on things that give your life value and meaning like relationships, family, recreational activities, your health or your career,” Dr Gordon says.

Rob Gordon has 25 years’ experience supporting people affected by more than 30 disasters including the Black Saturday bushfires, the Bali bombings and the recent Australian floods. He says the ongoing aftershocks in Christchurch make the situation there particularly challenging.

“In the third year after a disaster the immediate crisis has passed. International experience shows that in most cases people have confirmation of their personal situations - problems and opportunities – and can begin to heal. But for the people of Christchurch the situation is more challenging. Many are living with uncertainty in regard to their homes, jobs and their community infrastructure and the continuing quakes mean their nerves are constantly on heightened alert.

“To avoid stress-related problems like depression and anxiety, and the effect these can have on relationships, I would advise people to look after themselves. Avoid a single-minded focus on rebuilding to the exclusion of everything else,” he says.

Dr Gordon says people should identify and focus on the things they can control, and try not to fixate on the things they can’t.

Last October, New Zealand Red Cross brought Dr Gordon to New Zealand to meet earthquake survivors and bereaved families. While he was here he held two public forums in Kaiapoi and Brighton, attended by more than 300 people. He returns to Christchurch in March.

Post-traumatic stress normally affects around 10 per cent of those directly involved in a disaster, but with a violent, sudden and destructive event like an earthquake, that number can be closer to 40 per cent. While most recover well emotionally, the process can take at least five years.

New Zealand Red Cross has been actively involved with the people of Christchurch since the September 2010 quake. Its outreach team has made 3141 visits and 5163 door knocks and the recovery team has distributed almost 43,000 torch radios.

The New Zealand public and overseas donors contributed a total of $128m to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal, which is now closed.

The New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission has distributed $83m in grants to 96,725 people.

Most of the remaining Appeal funds have been committed to existing grants however $14m remains available for future grants and projects.

Click here to read: RC_Recovery_UpdateFebruary_2013_v9_LR.PDF

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news