° °
  • Firstline - TV3 New Zealand

    Firstline

    Weekdays 6am

  • 3 News - TV3 New Zealand

    3 News

    Nightly 6pm

  • Campbell Live - TV3 New Zealand

    Campbell Live

    Weekdays 7pm

  • 3rd Degree - TV3 New Zealand

    3rd Degree

    Wednesdays 8.30pm

  • The Paul Henry Show - TV3 New Zealand

    The Paul Henry Show

    Weekdays 10.30pm

  • Three 60 - TV3 New Zealand

    Three 60

    Sundays 9.30am

  • The Nation - TV3 New Zealand

    The Nation

    Sat 9:30am / Sun 10am

State of emergency lifted in Christchurch

Sunday 1 May 2011 10:42 a.m.

National state of emergency has been lifted in Christchurch (file)

National state of emergency has been lifted in Christchurch (file)

Almost ten weeks on from February's deadly earthquake in Christchurch the national state of emergency has been lifted.

The state of emergency expired at 11.59pm last night and the recovery process has been handed over to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera).

"While the state of national emergency has been lifted, the Government remains committed to the rebuild and recovery of Christchurch city and Cera will lead that work," Civil Defence Minister John Carter said.

"I have been proud to witness the Civil Defence response to this earthquake and to see the great community spirit shown by New Zealanders not only in Canterbury, but around the country and the world. We are a nation that rallies in times of need."

Mr Carter also thanked overseas personnel who came to help with in the immediate aftermath of the quake.

"New Zealand is lucky to have so many good friends."

More than 180 people are thought to have died in the earthquake, which severely damaged hundreds of buildings. Parts of the CBD remain cordoned off.

The state of national emergency in New Zealand was declared on February 23.

It was the first to be declared under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 and was repeatedly extended for nearly 10 weeks.

NZPA

Others Are Watching

comments powered by Disqus

Trending