Tell us how you're helping Christchurch and how others can help—UPDATED

When a disaster strikes New Zealand the ability of Kiwis to unite and chip in wherever they can is made blatantly clear. Companies, organisations and individuals across the country are all doing their part, and for us here at Image Centre, that includes gathering donations for the Red Cross from all our staff. 

If you want to share any actions, events, or messages, let us know and we’ll update this page to spread the word. We know the design and architecture communities are close-knit and that you will have a number of fantastic initiatives underway. DINZ have already shared a message of support, read it HERE. So please let us know what you are doing or what others can do, and let's get the message out there.  

In the meantime, you can donate to the Red Cross HERE, or check out below for other ways to contribute. 

  • Vodafone users can text ‘quake’ to 333 to make an automatic $3 donation. 
  • Donate direct to the banks: ASB (12-3205-0146808-00); BNZ (02-0500-0982004-000); Westpac (03-0207-0617331-00; ANZ (01-1839-0188939-00); National Bank (06-0869-0548507-00); Kiwibank (38-9009-0759479-00).
  • ANZ is also taking international donations (SWIFT CODE: ANZBNZ22, account no: 011839018893900 Ref: Canterbury Earthquake Appeal). 
  • Send donations through Rotary New Zealand World Community ServiceHERE. 
  • iSite media is calling for donations to create a billboard that will show the nation is behind Christchurch. 
  • To offer hands-on help on the ground, join the Student Volunteer Army
  • PRINZ is calling for help from PR practitioners
  • If you have any plug-in-the-wall phones, bring them into any Telecom store and they'll send them to Christchurch so people can have access to a phone in their homes. Even if they're broken, bring them in anyway and Telecom will fix them. Telecom has also made three WiFi Hotspots in Christchurch available for free in Riccarton Mall, Café Zero (Cashmere Rd) and the Westpac Centre (Addington). As of Thursday morning, more than 10,000 calls had been made from the 260 free payphones in Christchurch.
  • Air New Zealand has extended its $50 one way airfares from/to Christchurch anywhere on the Air New Zealand domestic network for booking and travel through until midnight Sunday 27 February. 
  • And not forgetting animals that have been affected, Paw Justice is sending food to pets in Christchurch. To donate, text "FOOD" to 4662 to donate $3. 
  • The Chrishtuch SPCA is also helpi g out with pet supplies. Donate to its Pet Emergency Quake Fund by clicking HERE or to Westpac account 030802 0586429 00. 
  • And if you’ve got friends and family in Australia who want to contribute, they can donate at any Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Google has set-up the person-finder to help share information about those missing or found—and it was Kiwi Craig Neville Manning who was behind it.
  • APN Outdoor will be asking all guests to make cash donations at the Friends in High Places event tonight and the total will  be deposited into the Christchurch Relief Fund via one of the support banks. Collection buckets will be sitting on all bars at the venue and everyone is encouraged to donate what they can. APNO has kicked off the relief fund with a $1000 donation.
  • Auckland residents who can offer accommodation to those affected can register on 0800 AUCKLAND or check this Facebook group. Wellingtonians with space can register by calling 04 801 4205 or emailing And this interactive map shows available beds in the Canterbury region.
  • TVNZ will continue with live coverage until 12.30pm, commercial free (TVNZ’s Paul Maher: “We would like to thank our valued partners for their support and understanding of our decisions around the sensitivity of the environment with regard to advertising. We will be working to make-good all lost airtime.”)
  • Urgent Couriers can get limited resources to Christchurch, as medical or emergency freight has priority. Contact Catherine George.
  • TradeMe have put together a comprehensive site for earthquake assistance, both for those who need help and those who want to offer help (listing offers of accommodation and transport is free).
  • The Aussies behind the Beached Az whale clip are using animation to spread the word and get people to donate.
  • As a gesture to help cope during the coming months, The Designers Institute of New Zealand is waiving six months of membership fees for Professional Members and Fellow Members in Christchurch and the Designers Speak—Mixing it Up on 7 April will try to bring some positivity by uniting the community over beer and fish & chips.
  • RadioLIVE has a page set up where you can offer assistance to those affected.
  • ZM and the BNZ have organised a Tweet-a-thon, a 12 hour live stream to raise money for the Red Cross.
  • 2degrees and Vodafone are providing Christchurch Earthquake Operations centre staff with 200 dual-SIM card mobile phones and credit to aid the rescue and recovery effort. The benefit of ‘dual SIM’ mobile phones is that if one company’s network is not operating, the phone can make calls and texts on the other network.
  • The Christchurch appeal on Givealittle has almost reached $30,000. Donate here.
  • Mitre 10 has found a stack of $50 New World Gift Cards, so let them know of Christchurch Families in need and. Send their details to Subject Line: CHCH New World Gift Cards.
  • Cafe Laffare will be fundraising for Christchurch and victims of the earthquake on Sunday in Wellington, with 100 percent of every breakfast, coffee, lunch or chocolate brownie sold going towards helping the people of Canterbury.
  • Offer up something to sell as part of the Charity auctions for Christchurch site.
  • Yahoo!Xtra, through its daily deal business has set up a $20 donation facility on the site. 100 percent of all donations go to the earthquake fund.
  • In Auckland, the New Market Business Association is to run an in-store appeal. Donation boxes will feature in retail stores where people can make a $1 or $2 gold coin donation.
  • Creative New Zealand is taking in offers for assistance from affected clients. Get the details HERE.
  • New Zealand’s app developer community has banded together and is donating 100 percent of proceeds from more than 33 apps to the Red Cross, until 5th March. Check out the app and download options through the website.
  • Design company DNA has designed some funky NZ hearts CHCH t-shirts for purchase, with proceeds going to Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal. Check them out HERE.
  • TelstraClear has donated 200,000 very cool red and black wristbands. Called 'Bands 4 Hope', they cost $5 each and 100 of the funds raised will go directly to the Mayoral Fund for Christchurch. Check out the Facebook page HERE for more information.
  • Auckland CBD business association Heart of the City and local inner-city businesses have joined forces to create the Trade Me BIG little store, whereby a range of goods and services donated by central Auckland businesses (including concert tickets, a signed All Black’s Jersey, art and jewelry) will be auctioned off in aid of the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Fund.  Goods need to be donated by Friday 4 March and you can so so by emailing: The auction closes Monday 7 March at 8pm.
  • Anna Walker, an employee at design and advertising agency Strategy, has created the 'Roses for Christchurch' initiative, whereby Kiwi designers show their support and thoughts for CHCH by developing their own version of a rose For Christchurch. The designs are shared on the Roses for Christchurch Facebook page and visitors to the page are encouraged to use and share their choice of rose and in return make a donation to the Red Cross.  Tana Mitchell, Bevan Tonks, Brogen Averill, Joanna Alpe, Phil Dunstan-Brown, Sarah Laing, Leonie Whyte and Zoe Ikin are just some of the designers to have contributed so far. 
  • Owners of heritage buildings can visit the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for loads of useful advice and contacts.
  • Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has launched the website to connect those displaced by the recent Canterbury quake with New Zealanders who can offer temporary accommodation.  
  • Mr Vintage has created a range of funky t-shirts with 100 percent of proceeds form sales going to charity. As of 2 March, 31,010 has already been raised. Check them out HERE.
  • Resene staff nationwide are joining together to collect as many cans of non-perishable food as possible to help feed those in Christchurch. You can donate non perishable canned food to your nearest Resene owned ColorShop and Resene will arrange to get it to Christchurch in conjunction with the Salvation Army to ensure it gets to where it’s needed most. Find the list of collection points HERE.
  • The website,, has been created to help the workflow of freelancers who have lost their premises and equipment. From film to graphic design, the site provides a database of Christchurch-based creatives so that companies from other cities can supply projects to help sustain the freelance community through the recovery period. 
  • A national barter company has set up a website to help businesses and customers resuming trading after the February 22 earthquake destroyed the central business district. 
  • A team of New Zealander’s (and friends) have decided to take on the challenge of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa highest Mountain, in August 2011. Their aim is to raise £5895 (the height of Kilimanjaro in metres) for the Red Cross Chch Earthquake Appeal. To be part of the NZ Expedition –

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