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Christchurch Earthquake

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch on 22 February has caused extensive damage and loss of life. The full extent of the tragedy won't be known for some time as rescue efforts continue to sort through the debris.

People in Christchurch have spent the last 5 months coming to terms with the damage of the September 2010 earthquake, and starting the process of rebuilding. This latest quake has caused far more extensive damage, and left people in a worse situation. We express our condolences and support to the people of Christchurch as they come to terms with this renewed disaster and start start again to rebuild their lives.

BANZAid does not normally support emergency response within New Zealand. However, given the size of this disaster and its ongoing effects, we pledge our support to the people of Christchurch, especially those in greatest need.

In addition to this stress, Canterbury pastors are attending to the needs of families and individuals in their churches and communities, not to mention their own families, as so many have been affected in some way by the quake and continuing aftershocks. You can help. In addition to your ongoing prayers, you can support our brothers and sisters in Canterbury through donations to a special Baptist National Centre fund. Monies donated to this fund will be distributed in consultation with the Canterbury Association leadership.


Individuals can either give their donations via their own Baptist Church or directly to the Baptist Churches of New Zealand. To do the latter, either:

  • Send a cheque made out to Baptist Churches of New Zealand, PO Box 12149, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Write on the back of the cheque “CHCH EQK”.
  • Make a direct credit to 02-0232-0146287-00 with your name and Particulars: Quake Appeal; Code: 959996. This is essential so we can correctly code your payment.
  • Make a donation through BANZAid's Donations page, clearly indicating in the "Comments" box that this is for the Christchurch Earthquake. We will forward this to the Baptist National Centre Fund.

If you require a receipt, you must indicate this by enclosing a note with your cheque, or if donating via Internet banking by sending an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to Joannes Panotes giving details of the payment once it has been made. Make sure to include your postal address so a receipt can be sent. Receipts of $5 or more will be eligible for tax rebate.



Baptist Churches of New Zealand