Supporting Cantabrians 5 years on

Luke Parker
Supporting Cantabrians 5 years on

As part of a long term commitment to supporting Christchurch and the city’s rebuild, Westpac has a number of activities underway in support of Cantabrians for the five year anniversary of the February 22 earthquake.

Director of Corporate Affairs Sue Foley says, “We want all our people in Canterbury, both staff and customers, to know they’ve consistently been in our thoughts over the last five years. With the recent events on Sunday, it’s even more important that affected people know how much we care."

In support of a campaign encouraging New Zealanders to visit Christchurch, Westpac has created a ‘ChChplus5’ section on REDnews with support from Canterbury Tourism.

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“Westpac wanted to showcase the rebuild and give people a taste of what’s been happening in Christchurch over the last five years. The city has risen with a brand new look and feel and we want to make sure people know what’s on offer.”

Christchurch BBQ

From February 20, ChChplus5 will share Canterbury Television’s video messages of support from Prime Minister John Key, Mayor Lianne Dalziel, CTV building survivor Maryanne Jackson, Spinal Trust NZ CEO Ben Lucas, Rescue Chopper Paramedic Rick Knight, Former Student Volunteer Army Co-ordinator Jason Pemberton and Architect behind the Christchurch Town Hall Sir Miles Warren.


These will appear alongside a video form Westpac Ambassador Sir John Kirwan who has recorded a message on hope and resilience for to the people of Canterbury.

“Alongside the video’s, ChChplus5 will be publishing range of opinion pieces from well-known Christchurch figureheads including Sam Johnson from the Student Volunteer Army and Jason Gunn.”

Other guest columnists include Head of the Arts Foundation Garth Galloway, Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Peter Townsend and New Zealand actor Will Hall.

What’s happening in addition to Chchplus5:

  • Westpac Community BBQ breakfasts on February 18 (7am) at Ferrymead, Kaiapoi, Upper Riccarton,. Rolleston, Show Place (Addington) and Eastgate Mall. Members of the Westpac Executive Team will be at each of the BBQ’s which are open to absolutely everyone.
  • Canterbury Care Fund Grant nomination presentations. Westpac has run a campaign where staff in Canterbury have been asked nominate a local not-for-profit or community group for a grant. On February 22 Westpac will announce the names of five organisations to receive grants of $10,000 each.
  • Buddy Up for Canterbury. All Canterbury Westpac Teams have been allocated Buddy Teams from other parts of Westpac throughout New Zealand. Individual teams have plans in place to ensure their Buddy Teams feel supported on February 22.

Join the conversation on social using #ChChplus5 and for more details visit REDnews ChChplus5.

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