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23 December 2011

Christchurch quakes: Essential information

The number of customers without power in the New Brighton area has dropped to around 5,000.

In an update at 8pm tonight Orion said it expects to make more progress as it continues to work this evening to restore power.

The network remains fragile, particularly in the New Brighton area as the compay is using back-up systems following damage at Transpowers Bromley substation.

Customers in the New Brighton area should prepare for a night without power, whether they have a power supply at the moment or not.

Earlier today 26,000 customers were without power in the Eastern Suburbs following a series of aftershocks.

Orion has asked residents to prepare for intermittent power supply over the next few days.

Transport

Christchurch Airport re-opened earlier this evening.

All runways, navigation systems and buildings were assessed after this afternoon's earthquake and aftershocks.

Chief Executive Jim Boult says there was no damage to the airport's runways, which are now open for landings and departures.

"We expect there will be significant delays and some flight cancellations. It's likely to be well into tomorrow before the backlog is cleared," he said.

He advised people to check with their airlines before going to the airport.

The airport was safely evacuated after the first earthquake and people in the terminal were safe and well.

Reporter Daniel Faitaua spoke to passengers and told ONE News at 6pm they were shaken and at breaking point following this latest series of jolts.

Kiwirail says most rail services to and from Christchurch have resumed.

All passenger and freight trains services in the Canterbury region were stopped following the earthquake that struck just before 2pm this afternoon.

Track inspections are underway, and services have resumed as lines are cleared. Only the rail line to the Port at Lyttleton remains closed subject to further inspections, while speed restrictions are in place in some areas.

The Tranz Alpine and Coastal Pacific passenger services are currently continuing their journeys back into Christchurch.

All KiwiRail working staff are safe including locomotive engineers and gangers.

People are advised not to travel unless it is essential. Any drivers are urged to slow down and be patient.

Buses will operate a restricted service for the rest of the day to ensure people can get home tonight.

There is plenty of fuel and no need for people to panic buy fuel. Petrol stations are well stocked and there is plenty of bulk fuel at Lyttelton.


Useful websites and phone numbers:

Canterbury Earthquake Response - here

New Zealand Police - here

New Zealand Civil Defence - here

Christchurch City Council - here
03 941 8999

Waimakariri District Earthquake Updates - here

Selwyn District Earthquake Updates - here

Orion emergency 24hour hotline
0800 3639898

Ministry of Social Development - National Office
04 916 3300

Transport

Christchurch Airport - here

NZ Transport Agency - affected roads and highways  - here

Christchurch Metro - public transport in Christchurch - here

Metroinfo 03 366 8855

Malls and supermarkets

Christchurch's central city container mall will re-open on Saturday morning.

Riccarton Mall has been deemed structurally safe but it is yet to be decided whether it will re-open.

The Palms shopping centre in Shirley will be open for Christmas Eve shopping on Saturday.

Northlands Mall is closed until further notice.

A number of Supervalue and FreshChoice supermarkets are open. They are the Lincoln Road, Wairakei Road, Sumner and Fendalton SuperValues and the Barrington FreshChoice.

Support Organisations

New Zealand Red Cross - 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276)

Plunket - call PlunketLine if concerned about your children : 0800 933 922

Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)

Skylight trauma and grief support line: 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767

The Salvation Army: Freephone 0800 530 000

Lifeline Counselling Service: 0800 543 354 or 0800 111 757

Missing Animals

Canterbury SPCA: 027 534 9862 or 0800 LOST PETS

Selwyn District Council Animal Control - on 03 347 2800 or Darfield 03 318 8338

Christchurch City Council Animal Control Section - 03 941-8666

- TVNZNews