We're thrilled to share the fantastic response we've had to our President's Challenge of this morning. Thirty four New Zealand councils have already taken up the Challenge and one Australian council! As well we're hearing of other invaluable support being offered, with structural engineers helping out in Wellington (Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council) and council staff heading off to Kaikoura District Council, Hurunui District Council, Marlborough District Council and the Canterbury CEDM Group.

A huge thank you to all councils taking up the challenge and for all the many other efforts being put in to helping each other.

Where to Donate

An update from this morning's email - to add to the link to the Kaikoura District Council's Earthquake Relief Fund page we included this morning, if you wish to donate to other funds Hurunui District Council have suggested the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal's Givealittle page. Marlborough District Council have also launched a Mayoral Relief Fund to help Marlborough people in the wake of the earthquake. Bank details for this Fund can be found here.

SOLGM's office will be in Red and Black tomorrow and we'll be continuing to send out updates to help us all stay connected during what will not doubt continue to be a challenging time. Stay safe everyone.