UK events for Christchurch Earthquake: Updated 22 May 20:45 BST   23 May 2011

Joseph Hoye

UK & Europe fundraising events are being organized to help raise some much needed cash for Christchurch victims of the quake.  Keep checking this page for further updates as they come to hand. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @nznewsuk and check out our Facebook page

If you know of any more events, please let us know by emailing

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NZ Government Earthquake Appeal

The NZ Government has established a fund in the UK for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. It is a Charitable Trust held with the Charities Aid Foundation. CAF is a charity established under English law and is registered at the Charity Commission under charity registration number 268369. 

Residents in the United Kingdom can make TXT donations of £3 and £5 to the following numbers:

  • £3 - txt earthquake to 70303 
  • £5 - txt earthquake to 70500

Credit/debit card payments can be made via the NZ High Commission website here

St John Quake Appeal

For years, St. John have provided amazing emergency response teams throughout New Zealand. Last year they treated and transported over 370,000 New Zealanders. Now they need to rebuild their capabilities and infrastructure in Christchurch. Donate here and receive a free wallpaper for your phone. The site has been developed free of charge by Trademobile, a Kiwi company based in London looking to do their part. All proceeds go to St. John

Auctions & Offers

Coffee Comes to the Party

Carl Sara of Crafted Coffee, in New Zealand, has established Christchurch Cafe, a virtual cafe where you can buy a coffee or beans until the end of May. The money goes to an account looked after by Carl. 100% of the money raised will go to those people whose income has been significantly reduced, or disappeared completely, directly as a result of the Christchurch Earthquake. Any excess funds will be forwarded in their entirety to the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Email Carl for further info.

Artists' Offerings - Art, Photographs, Books & Music

UK social enterprise company Abela Publishing is republishing a range of out of print books and donating £3 from each book. CEO John Halsted is a New Zealander and his wife comes from Christchurch. Books include Sir George Grey's Polynesian Mythology and Ancient Traditional History of the New Zealanders and The Legends of Maui by W.D. Westervelt along with eight other titles. Abela Publishing can be found here.

Auckland-based doctor and Pop artist Brad Novak has teamed up with Artrite screen printing, National Art Supplies, Megalith and Elena Keith to create a limited edition artwork to support the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Art lovers have an opportunity to help those affected by the earthquake through purchasing a piece of art. The work is entitled “Hope for Canterbury” and features the Christchurch Cathedral in a graphic style inspired by renowned artist Andy Warhol. Novak hopes it expresses something of the inspiring kiwi spirit. Details on purchasing and the artworks journey to production are here on Facebook.

London-based Kiwi Monty Bevins has recorded a song Kia Kaha Stay Strong in the wage of the Christchurch earthquake.  He's put it up on the web with 100% of download sales going to the earthquake appeal. Buy it here

London Events

Charity Auction, Drinks & Nibbles for Christchurch - 2 June

The organisers of the Hyde Park Corner to Christ Church College, Oxford fund raising Bike Ride this Saturday have also been given items to auction so are having a second event on 2 June. For more info either email Matthew, Check out the Auction page

Curry for Christchurch - 16 June

The NZ Women's Assn are holding a dinner at the Penthouse, NZ House, Haymarket.  A “home cooked” curry (vegetarian option available) supper accompanied by a range of New Zealand wines and beers from the cash bar. Tickets £25 each. Contact or

Corporate Gala Drinks up the Gherkin - 22 June

Rally your friends working in legal and corporate London. This one is aimed at them and their clients!  Master of Ceremonies, Martin Bayfield, a former England and Lions Rugby International will be the after dinner speaker; and Philip Serrell, who has appeared on the BBC's Bargain Hunt, Flog It, Antiques Road Trip and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, will auction some of the great donated prizes.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK, a registered charity. More info:

New Zealand Gala Fundraiser at the Savoy Hotel - 5 July

This intimate black tie evening is a gesture of support from London to the stricken city of Christchurch, featuring a very special live performance from Neil Finn of Crowded House. Tuesday 5 July, The Savoy Hotel, London, SW1, 7pm – Late. More information here

Climb Kilimanjaro - August 2011

A team of New Zealander's (and friends) have decided to take on the challenge of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest Mountain, in August 2011 to help raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Fund. All this with the aim of raising $5895 (the height of Kilimanjaro in metres) to help the city and people they hold so close to their hearts get back on its feet.

All money donated through will go directly to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.  If you would like to be part of the NZ Kilimanjaro expedition - please email Chris Flack  or visit their website here for more info.

Swim Caps for Relief Effort

16 year old Dylan Garrod has designed a swim cap that he is selling "ANYWHERE in the world" for NZ$15.  He's raised more than NZ$5,000 so far. Visit to order and check out the design here.

Limited Edition T-shirts

In light of the recent tragic events in Christchurch Kia Kaha Clothing have released a limited range of Christchurch Appeal Tees, all of the proceeds from the sale of these tees will go directly to the NZ Red Cross earthquake appeal.  International orders being taken - order here

Music To My Ears

This is more global than just the UK. MusicHype have gathered a six hour collection of Kiwi music and it's yours to download after making a minimum $5 donation to Paypal. All music tracks were donated by the bands. All funds (less Paypal fees) go to the NZ Red Cross appeal. Check out the MusicHype site and read the FAQs before making a purchase. Hint: you don't have to sign up to their membership to donate and receive the tracks.

Out of London

A Doncaster Evening with NZ Rugby League Legends - Frank Endacott & Robbie Paul - 22 June

Supporting the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal with a fund raising dinner and much more. More info:

Heirs and Graces in Worcestershire - 9 & 10 July

Hagley Hall and the Lyttelton family have a deep connection with Christchurch and Lyttelton in New Zealand going back to the foundation of the Canterbury Settlement in 1850. George William, Lord Lyttelton was Chairman of the Canterbury Association which was founded in 1848. His Great Grandson, Charles 10th Viscount Cobham was Governor General of New Zealand from 1957-1962. The Family empathise with their friends in New Zealand.

As a gesture of support the Lyttelton family are holding a concert with Jonathon Lemalu and friends on the evening of Saturday 9 July, followed by dinner, and an open day and cricket festival at Hagley Hall on Sunday 10 July to raise money to help towards the restoration of Christchurch Cathedral. The Hall and the Park will be open to the public and there will be many attractions for all the family. More details here

Events in Europe

Association France-Nouvelle Zelande

The French/NZ Association is holding a range of fundraising activities.  Please contact Claire Waddington, +33 (0) 662 118 413.


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left by Stiophan 24 Feb 2011

Hi everyone

Here is a link to the Red Cross Appeal for the victims of the New Zealand Earthquake.

The city of Christchurch in New Zealand which has many people from the UK and their relatives living there, has been devastated by a powerful earthquake. So far there are 98 dead with that figure expected to climb into the hundreds. Other people are still buried under buildings and rubble. Over 80% of the city is without water and power. Any donation you give will help the people of Christchurch in their hour of need and will be gratefully received.

Please email your friends with this link.

Thank you to you all.

left by Brooke Howard-Smith 6 Mar 2011

By now you may know that A large group from the entertainment and business sectors have begun work on a Global Telethon for Christchurch. The intention is for it to be a multi-channel broadcast, and a sign of national unity that brings focus to the widespread but disparate fundraising efforts that are taking place throughout the country.

Because of its international nature, Telethon for Christchurch is also designed to open up a major new source of funds for Christchurch – Kiwis living overseas – inspiring them to work together with Kiwis at home, towards a common goal.

Please click attending if you'd love to help, from $2 to getting your whole company or school involved. Then invite everyone you know on Facebook and from your email database. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of those effected by this terrible disaster.

The date is tentatively set for Easter Sunday, April 24th. The broadcast would also be live streamed globally, allowing us to access the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders living overseas who are feeling frustrated in their inability to do something to assist the New Zealand effort. In this sense, it truly would be a Global Telethon.

Funds collected would be managed by a charitable trust (The Telethon for Christchurch Trust) established by Lowndes Jordan and audited by Ernst & Young.

Money would be funneled directly to the PM's initiative, The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Staff from CTV have asked to be involved and would form a core team of the telecast.

We believe the fundraising capacity of this Global Telethon will be in the tens of millions of dollars, bringing together as it does the compelling influence and fundraising capacity of all New Zealanders, both abroad and at home who are feeling frustrated that they cannot do more. More importantly this Global Telethon will help heal a nation.

left by Brooke Howard-Smith 6 Mar 2011

here's the link to the Telethon event


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