In February 2011, Christchurch, NZ’s second largest city, suffered a devastating earthquake that left 185 people dead and destroyed more than 600 commercial buildings and 8,000 homes.

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Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has released a plan which will form the basis of Christchurch central city’s transport infrastructure for the next 30 years.  The plan provides for a 30km speed limit in the inner part of the city centre, the retention of the bulk of its one-way system, more cycle lanes, improved landscaping, and the location of several large-scale bus stations on key routes through the city centre.

Progress Map

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The US | NZ Council has a special connection to this tragedy and the people of Christchurch.  At the time of the earthquake, the Council was co-hosting the 2011 Partnership Forum in the city.  More than 110 Americans and New Zealanders were participating in the event, including Members of the U.S. Congress and NZ Parliament.

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In response to the disaster, members of the US | NZ Council established a charitable campaign called American Friends of Christchurch or AFOC.  Since February 2011, AFOC has collected US$5 million in donations.  Today, the charitable effort continues as the Council focuses public attention on rebuilding Christchurch to be a model for cities of the future.

Every city in the world can learn important lessons from the effort to transform Christchurch into a model urban area.    Lean more about Christchurch and AFOC at the following links:

2011 Earthquake

About AFOC

AFOC Contributors

How To Help