Learning From Christchurch

Photo credit: Christchurch City Libraries

In the aftermath of the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, this 2013 collection was collated by Community Research, Healthy Christchurch, He Oranga Pounamu, and the Christchurch Council of Social Services to document the extraordinary experiences and resilience of communities in Canterbury.
At every step along the way, people in communities and tangata whenua, community and voluntary organisations have been documenting and reflecting on their experiences. The resulting research includes everything from narratives capturing the personal aftermath, through to scholarly analysis.
This collection will be valuable to national organisations as they continue to deliver services and support staff, and also be of use as people consider their own natural disaster preparedness.

The collection focusses on research undertaken by, for and with communities, in ways that are consistent with Community Research’s Code of Practice.
Topics can include anything that touches on the response of communities and community organisations.
Outside scope are items that are unduly:

  • Technical or focus primarily physical aspects of the natural disaster
  • Partisan, party political.

The contents of the “Learning from Christchurch” special collection is anything that people believe relevant to communities and the organisations that support them.

Children and Youth

Community Resilience



Elderly and Retirement

Emergency Services & Disaster Relief


Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising

Health/ Wellbeing

Housing & Homelessness

Immigrants, Refugees & Migrants


News and Media Coverage

Non-profit Sector

Volunteering & Mahi Aroha


Featured research

Thanks to our partners

  • Community Research collected these resources in conjunction with Healthy Christchurch, Council of Social Services
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