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Quake evacuees register in Bay of Plenty

Monday, 7 March 2011 10:20 a.m.

Canterbury earthquake evacuees who come to the Bay of Plenty should register through the Red Cross so they can receive all the appropriate welfare assistance available to them.

Across the Bay of Plenty centres are available to provide information or take registrations for these evacuees.  Information is available at all three airports in Rotorua, Tauranga and Whakatāne and places to register are available in Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne, Rotorua and Tauranga.

The offices for registering are:

  • Tauranga and Western Bay: Tauranga Red Cross Centre at 245 Chadwick Road, Greerton, open from 8.30 am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Rotorua: Rotorua Bus terminal Isite on the corner of Fenton and Arawa, and Rotorua District Council, 8am - 5pm.
  • Ōpōtiki: 94B Church Street, opposite Work and Income office.
  • Whakatāne: Community Link building, Pyne St.

Group Emergency Co-ordination Controller Ken Tarboton said the number of evacuees coming to the Bay of Plenty was relatively small at this stage.

It's important that people affected by the earthquake who are arriving in the Bay of Plenty receive all the assistance they are entitled to," Mr Tarboton said.

"Registration will enable authorities to assess needs once numbers are known. It will also help emergency services and friends and family in other parts of the country to contact them," Mr Tarboton said.

If people would prefer, they can also register by phone through the Red Cross number 0800 RED CROSS (0800 733 276). If evacuees change addresses or telephone numbers or decide to head back to Canterbury, then they just need to remember to change their details by calling the Red Cross and providing the new information.

"People need to register to access all the appropriate assistance and to ensure nationally that we are keeping track of where self evacuees have gone after leaving Christchurch," Mr Tarboton said.

"Even if people are staying with family or friends or volunteer accommodation we still need them to register to ensure we are helping them as much as possible with support from the welfare agencies available.

"School-age children staying with other family and enrolled in new schools with parents perhaps remaining in Christchurch also need to be registered."