Relationships Aotearoa welcomes continued funding of earthquake related counselling services in Christchurch
Relationships Aotearoa (RA) welcomes the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) announcement of continued funding for
psychosocial services as part of the $13.5 million funding increase to support Canterbury residents in distress, RA
Chief Executive Jacqui-Akuhata-Brown says.
RA has been providing earthquake support counselling services for those affected by the quakes since the first quake in
September 2010 with services increasing significantly after the February 2011 quake.
“Many affected by the quakes are still living with significant levels of stress 3 years on from the February quake,” she
“Anxiety and stress, exhaustion, financial and housing issues are the most commonly cited issues for Cantabrians seeking
“We also welcome the accommodation support initiatives announced as the deficit in affordable and undamaged housing
stock has significant implications for emotional wellbeing,” Mrs Akuhata-Brown says.
“A number of clients continue to present with primary stress such as trauma, and the length of time since the major
quakes does not always diminish the impact this initial trauma has had on lives and relationships.
“Counselling support for earthquake related issues has to date tended to focus on one on one counselling and while that
may be appropriate for some, having services to support a variety of needs will be important as the rebuild of
Christchurch continues,” says Mrs Akuhata-Brown.