Learning from the Ministry of Social Development’s contribution to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Efforts

This paper contributes focuses on the role of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquake recovery efforts. MSD welcomes the opportunity to reflect on the scope and evolution of recovery needs, effective strategies to meet those needs, and how lessons learned from those efforts can inform MSD’s role (as foreseen in New Zealand’s 2015 National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan) and whole of government.

Social recovery is an integral component of recovery from a disaster…a holistic approach will address both basic, psychological and social needs.

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