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Govt opens helpline for quake victims

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

The government has opened an 0800 helpline for people needing financial and other support following the earthquake.

The Ministry of Social Development is running it and staff are authorised to grant civil defence payments for food, bedding, clothing, accommodation and loss of income.

"The helpline provides a one-stop source of information on the services and assistance available to people affected by the emergency," said Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.

The 0800 779 997 helpline will run seven days a week from 7am to 9pm until further notice.

The service will link people to the government and non-government agencies they need.

The government will also fund a business co-ordinator who will operate out of a hub in Kaikoura, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said.

"People can also get help from the Canterbury Employer's Chamber of Commerce, the two district councils Hurunui and Kaikoura and also Enterprise North Canterbury," she said.

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