Social services in Taupō have coordinated a response to the Christchurch earthquake, making temporary accommodation and counselling available to any evacuees that come to Taupō.
A team representing Taupō's social service organisations has been set up to look after the needs of any Christchurch evacuees into the area. This includes temporary housing, food parcels, clothing, emergency funds, and counselling. People arriving from Christchurch independently are advised to contact Victim Support to receive referrals to the various agencies and take advantage of the support available
Community Development Manager Carole Parker says it is unlikely that Taupō will receive a large number of evacuees. "There are no direct flights to Taupo, so I don't think we will be inundated, but we are certainly prepared and willing to help if required."
Accommodation will be coordinated at a local level by Neighbourhood Support in conjunction with Housing NZ. Anyone wishing to offer free accommodation to any quake victims can either contact Neighbourhood Support via Taupō Police, or visit Housing New Zealand's website set up to assist with temporary housing for displaced quake victims www.housinghelp.govt.nz
Victim Support will offer counselling to quake victims once they are settled. The Red Cross will look after clothing needs, and the Awhina Society will be taking care of food parcels. Mrs Parker says Work and Income are also able to assist with emergency financial support. "We can even provide transport to move people to their designated accommodation,"
Other support that has also been arranged includes specialised assistance for the elderly, and even things to keep children entertained such as passes to the AC Baths.
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