Key announces international appeal for funds

7:31 am on 28 February 2011

Prime Minister John Key has announced the launch of a worldwide appeal to raise funds to help the people of Christchurch rebuild their lives after the 6.3 magnitude quake on Tuesday.

The website to donate money is

Mr Key says the funds will be used to help families experiencing hardship and for trauma and social services.

He says some of the money may also be used to help rebuild iconic buildings such as Christchurch Cathedral.

A similar appeal following the Victorian bushfires in Australia has raised $A392 million to date, including interest.

The Prime Minister says the fund will be complementary to other established appeals such as those established by the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and major trading banks.