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Christchurch lessons helped quake response

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

Many of the lessons learned from dealing with the Christchurch earthquakes were applied in responding to last Monday's Kaikoura quake, Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

"We've already seen a lot of the learnings being practically applied to the November 14 earthquake response but, as with everything, there is room for improvement," he said on Wednesday.

"An ongoing focus on the whole of government response to the Canterbury earthquakes will prove invaluable for New Zealand's future resilience against natural disasters."

He says a report on the lessons learned from the Christchurch quakes has been commissioned and is expected to be received early next year.

A symposium on the government's response to those quakes, which was due to take place in February, has been postponed.

Mr Brownlee says the decision was taken before the Kaikoura quake.

"Many positive aspects of the Canterbury regeneration are ongoing," he said.

"Meanwhile, in the wake of the most recent earthquakes, it's not the right time to reflect on one major natural disaster while the government is responding to another."

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