Since 4 September 2010, seismic events have struck the Waitaha region. Cumulatively these earthquakes have changed forever the landscape, the city and the lives of all those who call Ōtautahi home.

The following provides some insight into how Te Rūnanga, as an organisation responded after each event, to immediate community needs and planning for the region’s recovery.

CERA Partnership

Ngāi Tahu is a statutory partner with CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority), and is actively taking a partnership approach. You can read a summary of our aspirations for Christchurch’s recovery and rebuild which helped to guide our response here: Whakaoratia Ōtautahi Ngāi Tahu.



Whakaoratia Ōtautahi

Ngāi Tahu Aspirations for Christchurch Recovery & Rebuild
Actively celebrate, protect & enhance values significant to Ngāi Tahu, both historic & contemporary, for 21st Century Ōtautahi Christchurch. View Whakaoratia Ōtautahi.

He Huanui Ara Ake mo Waitaha

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu interim input on the draft CERA Recovery Strategy
Ngāi Tahu’s preliminary tribal positions and priorities for the draft CERA Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch – 22 July 2011. View He Huanui Ara Ake mo Waitaha.

Ngāi Tahu submission on the draft Central City Plan

The Christchurch City Council received 5000 comments from nearly 3000 individuals and groups on its draft Central City Plan. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is one of about 450 organisations and individuals who have asked to have their submission heard by Council, along with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga. View the Ngāi Tahu submission on the draft Central City Plan.

Māori Recovery Network

The Māori Recovery Network is a Ngāi Tahu- led collaboration of Māori organisations, formed to support the people of Christchurch following the February 22 earthquake.

The Network’s kaupapa (purpose) is to reach out to, support and assist whānau (families) in the worst effected Eastern suburbs of Ōtautahi. The Māori Recovery Network works in a Māori way and is committed to supporting Māori and non-Māori whānau.

The reports below show the issues faced by whānau on a day by day basis and how the Māori Recovery Network has responded to these needs.

The Māori Recovery Network includes Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Puni Kokiri, He Oranga Pounamu, Ngā Maata Waka, Māori Wardens, Māori health and social service providers, Māori Party and the wider Māori network— organisations with memberships committed to supporting the recovery effort.