Christchurch Earthquake Relief - Updated: Thursday March 3rd

March 3rd 2011
New Zealanders are uniting in whatever way possible to show their support for Christchurch, we encourage those of you who can to donate to help our fellow country people. We've compiled some options on how you can donate to lend a hand - every little bit helps.

New Zealanders are uniting in whatever way possible to show their support for Christchurch, we encourage those of you who can to donate to help our fellow country people. We've compiled some options on how you can donate to lend a hand - every little bit helps.

We'll be updating this page regularly as more information becomes available.


Under The Radar are listing all Christchurch Fundraising shows as they hear of them: Stay up to date here.

Amplifier are doing the same: their latest update can be found here.


Ihimaera Christchurch Relief Concert

Twelve of New Zealand's best contemporary recording artists come together for four very special nights to perform songs inspired by the rare and moving words of iconic Maori writer Witi Ihimaera. From King Kapisi to Horomona Horo, Teremoana Rapley to SJD, amazing Kiwi musos create songs with lyrics by Ihimaera.

All the proceeds from this Friday's amazing 'Ihimaera' concert to the Red Cross. Plus there's a special ticket price of only $27.50* ($10* with valid Student ID). Friday 4 March at 8pm, Genesis Energy Theatre, TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau.

Bookings: 0800 224 224 or *Booking fees may apply


Jim Beam Homegrown - Vodafone 1000

If you're keen for a VIP experience at Jim Beam Homegrown this year, then show your support for Christchurch. Dig deep for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake and on the day TXT ‘Quake' to 555 to donate $5 or 333 to donate $3. Then, be one of the first 1000 Vodafone customers to show your ‘Thanks for donating,' response TXT at the Vodafone tent in Lower Frank Kitts Park on March 5th to secure your spot as one of the Jim Beam Homegrown Vodafone 1000!

As part of the Vodafone 1000 you will get:

  • Access to the VIP entrances at each of the 6 stages
  • Access to the Vodafone 1000 VIP zone
  • The chance to experience a Vodafone 1000 meet & greet with some of your favourite artists performing on the day AND MORE!

First in first served peeps.

There will also be people taking general donations for Christchurch at the festival.


CHART - Christchurch Venue Updates

Follow the link here for the latest update on the state of some Christchurch's music venues in and around the city - please note information is still very vague at this point.


Real Groovy Christchurch story from the Dominion Post


NZ Musician has a comprehensive update on music stores, venues, recording studios, you can read it on their site here.


Cancellations from Much More Music

Due to the magnitude of destruction in the city, Much More Music has regretfully chosen, to cancel the shows they are promoting in Christchurch until further notice. While this has not been an easy decision to make, Much More Music and the artists they represent, realise that Christchurch and its people need time to recover and heal . The status of the venues situated in the CBD are currently not confirmed and continuing to promote these shows during this period is not appropriate. Much More Music hope that under the circumstances Christchurch people, and ticket holders will understand and respect these cancellations.

The following shows are to be cancelled -

  • Justin Townes Earle at Al's Bar - Thursday 24th March 2011
  • Michelle Shocked at The Bedford - Friday 15th April 2011
  • Mavis Staples, The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Aaron Neville at The Christchurch Town Hall on Saturday 30th April 2011
  • Kyuss at The Bedford - Friday 13th May 2011

Refunds for tickets purchased to these shows will be available, in full, from the point of purchase OR by contacting Much More Music direct at



The New Zealand Government’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and the Canterbury region. The Appeal is designed to complement appeals already established, such as the funds organised by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

To donate securely online, visit:

Amplifier - Tunes For Christchurch

A bunch of Amplifier's good friends have lent them their tracks for a week, on the proviso that you agree to help out by donating what you can to one of the deserving charities.

The tracks are "free", but we ask that you keep the people of Christchurch in mind and give what you can in exchange for some fine, fine music.


EMI - Earthquake Auction

EMI Music NZ is offering their assistance to the people of Christchurch. Through Trade Me they are auctioning off various music items with all money raised being donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief. Join the auction here.


Music Hype - Songs for Christchurch Donation

In exchange for a minimum donation of $5 for Christchurch Earthquake Relief you'll get a whole heap of great tracks for download, kindly donated to us by the artists.


Red Cross

The Red Cross has launched an appeal. You can text a blank message to 4419 to donate $3 to Red Cross Christchurch earthquake appeal

You can also donate via:
- Online at
- By cheque to New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal, Freepost 232690, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144
- By direct credit transfer to a special appeal bank account: Kiwibank 38-9009-0759479-00 and the account name is RED CROSS
- By direct credit transfer to a special appeals bank account: ASB 12-3192-0015998-02
- At any branch of PostShop Kiwibank, ASB and ANZ bank
- At Body Shop stores nationwide
Any offers of goods and services should be forwarded to the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Wellington. The email address is

People in the UK can donate to the Red Cross there

Westpac appeal

The Westpac Canterbury Care Fund now has $1 million available to provide practical assistance for those in need, working with the Salvation Army.
Donations can be made online to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal account number 03-0207-0617331-00, and through branches nationwide to the Salvation Army.

Mayoral fund

A Mayoral fund has been set up for donations to the citizens of Christchurch. Donations can be provided using the following BNZ bank account: 02-0800-084958-000

ANZ/National appeal

Donations can be made at ANZ branches or online to account number 01-1839-0188939-00.
They can also be made at National Bank branches or online to account number 06-0869-0548507-00.

ASB appeal

ASB has also opened an account to receive donations: 12-3205-0146808-00
Donations can be made at ASB branches nationwide, or via online banking. Across the Tasman parent company, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is also accepting donations for the Red Cross.

BNZ appeal

Donate to the BNZ Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal account online or at branches nationwide - 02-0500-0982004-000.

Salvation Army

People can also donate to the The Salvation Army appeal by calling 0800 530000 or going to

A special account has also been opened for people to donate online and through branches nationwide to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Christchurch Earthquake Appeal account number is 03 0207 0617331 00.

Kiwibank appeal

Donations can be made at any Kiwibank branch - account number: 38-9009-0759479-00

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Caritas is also accepting donations. Freephone 0800 22 10 22; online at or by post: Caritas, PO Box 12193, Thorndon, Wellington, 6144. Mark correspondence: "Canterbury Earthquake Appeal".

Text to donate

- Westpac and the Salvation Army have opened a text donation line for victims of the Christchurch earthquake. Free txt 'quake' to 5339 to donate $3 to the Salvation Army's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

- Telecom and Red Cross appeal to users of all New Zealand mobile networks. Text 4419 to make an automatic $3 donation to the Appeal.

Auckland University Students' Association

Anyone wanting to make a donation should contact the association on 09 309 0789, or make a donation in person around the Student Union Building on the University of Auckland campus.


Meanwhile, Pike River Disaster Relief Trust chairman and Greymouth mayor Tony Kokshoorn announced the trust would no longer accept donations for the November mining disaster, which claimed 29 lives, and instead urged people to donate to the Christchurch earthquake appeals.

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