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Wellingtonians get quake help from Eric

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

A one-stop stop for Wellingtonians affected by the Kaikoura earthquake has opened on Lambton Quay.

The Wellington City Council's Earthquake Recovery Information Centre (ERIC) in the Public Trust building opened its doors at 1pm on Tuesday.

The centre has brought together different agencies to help individuals and businesses deal with the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude quake on November 14 and to prepare for the future.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said it's also a place to begin planning for disasters that may occur in the future.

"There is the very real likelihood that we may have another disaster in the coming months so we need to make sure that we're prepared for what may come.

"Wellington has dodged a bullet, but we're not bulletproof."

Eric will consist of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Inland Revenue and community organisations.

Approximately 60 business are still affected by the November 14 quake, as well as a few hundred residents.

"We need to make sure we invest in Wellington's infrastructure and resilience," said Mr Lester.

Staff at Eric will offer advice on how to get access to the government's business support package, insurance and employment support.

They will also provide information on what support is available for individuals, including those who have lost employment or had to evacuate.

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