There are a number of companies, both small and large, trying to do their bit to help Christchurch. So if you’ve got something planned, if you’re giving a donation, or if you need to get a message out, let us know and we’ll update this page regularly and try to spread the word. The Ministry of Civil Defence says the best way to help people affected by the quake is through cash donations so if you haven’t already, visit Red Cross.
All offers of help can be emailed to [email protected], which is a central co-ordination point.
Other ways to help:
- Vodafone users can text ‘quake’ to 333 to make an automatic $3 donation or 555 for a $5 donation. Vodafone has opened this fund with $500,000, which comprises £100,000 from the Vodafone Group Foundation and the balance from Vodafone New Zealand. Vodafone UK customers can donate £5 to the Red Cross by texting NZQUAKE to 70801.
- Donate direct to the banks: ASB (12-3205-0146808-00, which has raised $331,000 plus ASB’s $1m donation), BNZ (02-0500-0982004-000) Westpac (03-0207-0617331-00. ANZ (01-1839-0188939-00), National Bank (06-0869-0548507-00) and Kiwibank (38-9009-0759479-00).
- ANZ is also taking international donations (SWIFT CODE: ANZBNZ22, account no: 011839018893900 Ref: Canterbury Earthquake Appeal). And those in the UK can also donate via the UK Red Cross website.
- Google has set-up the person-finder to help share information about those missing or found—and it was Kiwi Craig Neville Manning who was behind it.
- iSite media is calling for donations to create a billboard that will show the nation is behind Christchurch.
- To offer hands-on help on the ground, join the Student Volunteer Army.
- PRINZ is calling for help from PR practitioners.
- APN Outdoor will be asking all guests to make cash donations at the Friends in High Places event tonight and the total will be deposited into the Christchurch Relief Fund via one of the support banks. Collection buckets will be sitting on all bars at the venue and everyone is encouraged to donate what they can. APNO has kicked off the relief fund with a $1000 donation.
- The New Zealand Marketing Association will be collecting for an earthquake relief fund at tonight’s RSVP & Nexus Awards, so bring your cash. There will be a minute’s silence at the beginning of the evening as a mark of respect. BMW have donated the weekend use of a luxury car and Titirangi Golf Club has donated a round of golf for four players, valued at $600, both of which will be auctioned.
- Auckland residents who can offer accommodation to those affected can register on 0800 AUCKLAND or check this Facebook group. Wellingtonians with space can register by calling 04 801 4205 or emailing [email protected]. And this interactive map shows available beds in the Canterbury region.
- Air New Zealand has extended its $50 one way airfares from/to Christchurch anywhere on the Air New Zealand domestic network for booking and travel through until midnight Sunday 27 February.
- TVNZ will continue with live coverage until 12.30pm, commercial free (TVNZ’s Paul Maher: “We would like to thank our valued partners for their support and understanding of our decisions around the sensitivity of the environment with regard to advertising. We will be working to make-good all lost airtime.”)
- Urgent Couriers can get limited resources to Christchurch, as medical or emergency freight has priority. Contact Catherine George.
- TradeMe have put together a comprehensive site for earthquake assistance, both for those who need help and those who want to offer help (listing offers of accommodation and transport is free).
- The Aussies behind the Beached Az whale clip are using animation to spread the word and get people to donate.
- As a gesture to help cope during the coming months, The Designers Institute of New Zealand is waiving six months of membership fees for Professional Members and Fellow Members in Christchurch and the Designers Speak—Mixing it Up on 7 April will try to bring some positivity by uniting the community over beer and fish & chips.
- RadioLIVE has a page set up where you can offer assistance to those affected.
- ZM and the BNZ have organised a Tweet-a-thon, a 12 hour live stream to raise money for the Red Cross.
- Telecom stores around the country are collecting corded landline (analogue) phones to distribute to those who can’t use their digital phones. Telecom has also made three WiFi Hotspots in Christchurch available for free in Riccarton Mall, Café Zero (Cashmere Rd) and the Westpac Centre (Addington). As of Thursday morning, more than 10,000 calls had been made from the 260 free payphones in Christchurch.
- 2degrees and Vodafone are providing Christchurch Earthquake Operations centre staff with 200 dual-SIM card mobile phones and credit to aid the rescue and recovery effort. The benefit of ‘dual SIM’ mobile phones is that if one company’s network is not operating, the phone can make calls and texts on the other network.
- Paw Justice is sending food shipments to Christchurch for pets affected by the quake. Make a $3 donation by texting FOOD to 4662.
- The Christchurch appeal on Givealittle has almost reached $30,000. Donate here.
- Mitre 10 has found a stack of $50 New World Gift Cards, so let them know of Christchurch Families in need. Send their details to [email protected]. Subject Line: CHCH New World Gift Cards (this offer is now finished).
- Cafe Laffare will be fundraising for Christchurch and victims of the earthquake on Sunday in Wellington, with 100 percent of every breakfast, coffee, lunch or chocolate brownie sold going towards helping the people of Canterbury.
- Offer up something to sell as part of the Charity auctions for Christchurch site.
- Yahoo!Xtra, through its daily deal business www.spreets.co.nz has set up a $20 donation facility on the site. 100 percent of all donations go to the earthquake fund.
- 0133 has partnered with Mediaworks and deployed a free-to-call service to take non-emergency queries from the public and ease pressure on emergency phone numbers. The number, 0800 96 0133, will be available Thursday and Friday this week between 8am—10pm to assist the public, Christchurch emergency services, Civil Defence and Local Government and Mediaworks will communicate this service as a joint initiative through all its media channels.
- A novel listing to raise funds.
- Fisher & Paykel Appliances has set up free community laundry service centres Hornby at 79 Shands Rd and in Kaiapoi at corner of Berswick and Charles St. Both are open from 8am to 4pm. Fisher & Paykel says it plans to soon have additional sites operational at various locations around the city.
- Resene is collecting cans of food at all Resene owned ColorShops. Check www.resene.co.nz/chch.htm for details.
- The Ocean Swim event for Christchurch has been cancelled, due to the Earthquake, so Quantum Events instead organized a 1km swim from Milford Beach where all participants must donate. More info here.
- Flight Centre has pledged $1 million through the Red Cross to help those affected by the Christchurch earthquake.
- The company, which opened its first New Zealand store in 1987 in Christchurch, will also create an internal fund to support its own people in the city as they rebuild after Tuesday’s tragic events. Flight Centre spokesperson Maree Hansen said all staff members were safe, but all Christchurch stores were affected by the earthquake. Flight Centre is providing its affected staff members with access to financial advisors and external counsellors. The company’s corporate travel businesses are fully operational.
- Honda New Zealand through its local dealership, Honda Cars Christchurch, has committed $100,000 to the Mayoral Fund.
- BBX New Zealand, a business-to-business barter community, is providing a conversion mechanism to help businesses around the country contribute to the reconstruction of Christchurch. Donated goods and services will be traded for barter credits that will then be used to buy things that Christchurch companies specifically need to get back on their feet. Businesses wanting to assist by donating goods and services and those in the city looking for help to re-build can contact Ian Jones by email at [email protected] or by phone on 09 262 0212 or 021 675290.
- DNA design has decided to raise funds by doing something they’re good at, so it’s designed t-shirts for us all to wear to show support for Chch. They have called the initiative NZ hearts CHCH. All proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal and you can buy the t-shirts for $20, $50 or $100. Go to www.facebook.com/nzheartschch and post a message or link on your facebook page, twitter stream (@nzheartschch) or other social media sites.
- Image Centre Group has asked all its staff to make donations to Red Cross. And will also be offering free ad space for charities and organisations helping with the Earthquake on StopPress.co.nz.
- Pier Smulders, the owner of Mainland Press Limited, has launched a campaign called Rise Up Christchurch on Facebook. So far it has over 60,000 fans.
- Online retailer 1-day will be holding a 24-hour online garage sale on Wednesday 2 March. More than 20,000 items from the likes of Sony, Mooks, Billabong, Crayola, Victorinox, Speedo, Revitanail & Leatherman are available in the sale, with 30 percent of all sales going directly to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. 1-day has partnered with its freight providers Courier Post, which will be offering free freight on all orders placed in the Garage Sale. 1-day estimate the funds raised will be in excess of $100,000, adding to more than $130,000 raised for Red Cross via online donations on its website.
- Reckitt Benckiser has dispatched a truck full of sterilising and hygiene products to Christchurch Civil Defence.
- Roses For Christchurch has enlisted members of the New Zealand design community, such as Tana Mitchell, Bevan Tonks, Brogen Averill, Joanna Alpe, Phil Dunstan-Brown, Sarah Laing, Leonie Whyte and Zoe Ikin, to contribute original designs. Visitors to the Facebook page are encouraged to use and share their choice of rose and in return make a donation to the Red Cross.
- Telecom are now sponsoring the NZ Red Cross appeal at Givealittle and the total is now over $150,000
You can also donate to the Salvation Army appeal and the Student Volunteer Army on Givealittle. There are a number of fundraising pages in direct support of these various appeals, including Bell Gully, with over $25,000 raised for the Salvation Army.
- All landline callers to Yellow’s 018 directory service originating from the Christchurch region will incur zero charges, as will calls from phone boxes within the Christchurch region. Proceeds from all other 018 calls made by consumers around the rest of the country seeking Christchurch numbers, will be donated. Yellow is also offering assistance to any businesses that need to make changes to their operating hours, location or contact details. The Yellow Customer Assist Team will be available on 0800 803 803 to help update all online business listings to ensure the local community is aware of any changes to a company’s circumstances.
- Expats can donate to the government’s Earthquake Appeal here.
- TelstraClear is offering Christchurch residential customers free national and international calling from landline, so they can keep in touch with friends and family. It is also donating 200,000 red and black ‘Bands 4 Hope’ wristbands—with more to come—to support the people of Christchurch with the restoration of their city. They cost $5 each and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Mayoral Fund for Christchurch. Find out more by visiting the Facebook page.
- Phone 0900 37772 to make a direct donation of $30.00 to SPCA Canterbury.
- Half of all Lotto, Lotto Strike and Lotto Powerball sales for this coming Saturday’s draw will be donated to Christchurch earthquake relief. NZ Lotteries’ chief executive Todd McLeay hopes that well over $5 million can be raised through this special draw. Due to legal requirements and those who have already bought tickets, it isn’t possible to donate the Powerball jackpot directly to earthquake relief.
- Variety – The Children’s Charity has launched its ‘Give an Hour’ of your salary appeal to help children affected by the earthquake. Donations can be made online at www.varietynz.org.nz/christchurchearthquake or by contacting Variety on 0800 454 371 or +64 9 520 4111. 100 percent of donations will go directly to children in Christchurch.
Variety will also be directing funds from upcoming events to help children in Christchurch, including the Variety Bash, which kicks off on Saturday 5 March and will be travelling from the Bay of Plenty to the Bay of Islands. From 3-16 March, Variety is also running a Bash charity auction on TradeMe.
- In Auckland, the Newmarket Business Association is to run an in-store appeal. Donation boxes will feature in retail stores where people can make a $1 or $2 gold coin donation.
- Creative New Zealand is taking in offers for assistance from affected clients. Get the details HERE.
- New Zealand’s app developer community has banded together and is donating 100 percent of proceeds from more than 33 apps to the Red Cross, until 5 March. Check out the app and download options through the appeal.co.nz website.
- List your offers of help or requests for help from the business community on nzbizhelp.co.nz.
- Auckland CBD business association Heart of the City and local inner-city businesses have joined forces to create the Trade Me BIG little store, whereby a range of goods and services donated by central Auckland businesses (including concert tickets, a signed All Black’s Jersey, art and jewelry) will be auctioned off in aid of the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Fund. Goods need to be donated by Friday 4 March and you can so by emailing: [email protected]
- Trade Me & Metservice have donated to the Red Cross appeal instead of hosting the IAB’s DSC drinks planned in Wellington last week. The IAB will donate profits from the Tourism event planned in Auckland next Wednesday as well, so grab your ticket today.
- The owner of the Herne Bay Local lost his Christchurch bar in the Quake last Tuesday, it’s flattened to rubble and his staff are all affected. Hence there is a fundraiser tonight [Wednesday 2 march] at the Local (at 170 Jervois Rd from 7:30pm onwards). Gold coin entrance donation and $1 from every drink will be contributed to the fund. The band is playing for free.
- Auckland software developer SaaSilia has provided their GeoOp mobile workforce and job management system free to Civil Defence and Student Volunteer Army. GeoOp is now the Civil Defence recognised system in Christchurch for people needing non-life threatening assistance. Request help here: www.geoop.com/volunteer-army.php.
- TVNZ is making more than $1 million of airtime available free of charge to support New Zealanders’ efforts in fundraising for the Canterbury earthquake. A daily three-minute segment called “The Road to Recovery” will go to air during ‘Breakfast’ and again during ‘Close Up’. It will feature many of the fundraising efforts taking place around the country, along with stories of what ordinary New Zealanders are doing to support Cantabrians and messages of support from well-known people at home and abroad. The segment is expected to run for at least a month. An associated website will be up and running shortly, where people can register interest and information about their planned activities. Details on how to find the website will released as soon as the planning is complete.
- ZESPRI will donate $100,000 to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal to support victims of the devastating earthquake.
“Our hearts go out to Christchurch residents and visitors who have been affected by this tragedy,” says chief financial officer, Merv Dallas. “In considering how ZESPRI could assist, we felt a significant cash contribution would be the most effective means of support, and we’ll pay this through to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal on the 4th of March.”
One of ZESPRI’s customers in Japan, Aeon Co. Ltd., has announced that, from 21 April to 20 May, it will donate JP¥1 (approx. NZ$0.01) from each kiwifruit sold in 1200 of its stores, to the Christchurch Relief Fund. In addition AEON 1% Club, which consists of the Aeon group of companies donated JP¥ 10 million (approx. NZ$165,000) to the New Zealand Embassy last month.
- Marian Johnson at UMC and on behalf of the Christchurch ad community has set up a Facebook page called Help Christchurch Help You aimed at ensuring the 300 or so employees in the wider marcomms sector in Christchurch don’t lose their jobs.
- New Zealand telecommunications provider CallPlus has launched a series of packages designed to assist all Canterbury business customers affected by the recent earthquake become operational. Around 10 percent of CallPlus customers had their telecommunications service impacted to varying degrees since the quake. Among the solutions CallPlus is offering its customers are a one month relief credit for those customers who experienced interrupted service but are now operational; free set up of re-directions for any advertised numbers (including Tollfree) and special calling rates; three month’s credit for all fixed line rentals should a customer need to temporarily relocate; a ‘Relief Calling Plan’ with special discounted calling rates for at least a month; a waiver on all reconnection or early termination fees should a business relocate on a case by case basis; and extended terms if customers are under financial strain.
- Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand has donated $100,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.
- Fujitsu New Zealand has also donated $100,000 to the fund after John Key punished Shane Warne in the Fill the Basin charity match. $500,000 was raised in total, including $50,000 from the TAB and $20,000 from New World.
The Herald has compiled a list of some other ways you can help here.