23 Feb 2011

Waikato group sets up earthquake fund

12:40 pm on 23 February 2011

The Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has set up a Christchurch earthquake fund for donations in the Waikato.

Meanwhile, a 12-strong urban search and rescue team from Waikato's southern emergency operating area has arrived in Christchurch to help with the relief effort.

The group has also offered to supply 14 welfare and emergency operating centre staff, as well as five public information managers, if needed.

Waikato people are also being asked to make available, for up to a month, holiday homes or other accommodation that could be used to temporarily house people made homeless by the quake.