Hundreds use quake assistance centres

2:28 pm on 6 March 2011

New centres offering support services in Christchurch were used by 750 people on their first day of operation.

The six recovery assistance centres, which were opened on Saturday, are intended to be one-stop-shops for people to seek help from the Red Cross, Work and Income, the Salvation Army and the Christchurch City Council.

The new centres are at the Nga Hau e Wha Marae in Aranui, the Aranui Recreation Centre, the Linwood Community Link, the Parklands Baptist Church, St Faiths Hall in New Brighton and the Shirley Rugby Club. They are open from 9am-4pm.

Two new recovery assistance centres will open on Monday, at the Sydenham Community Centre in Hutcheson Street, and the Lyttelton Recreation Centre, in Winchester Street.

Christchurch City Council worker Ken Howat, who is co-ordinating at the centre in Linwood, told Morning Report that many people were seeking Red Cross grants and WINZ hardship grants.