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Coordination and delivery of social support services

Recovery in the social environment encompasses the safety and wellbeing, health and welfare of the members of the community, individually and collectively. Community recovery is most effective when conducted at the local level with active participation of the affected community and a maximum reliance on local capacities and expertise.

Recovery in the social environment encompasses the safety and wellbeing, health and welfare of the members of the community, individually and collectively. Community recovery is most effective when conducted at the local level with active participation of the affected community and a maximum reliance on local capacities and expertise.

The local authorities impacted by the earthquake gave huge effort and worked extremely hard to make sure their communities experience a coordinated, timely and effective recovery in the immediate term, and look well set to continue this moving into the medium term recovery.

A regional social recovery plan was developed and implemented by the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group Social Recovery Coordinator.

Central government has supported the recovery through a partnership approach and by providing coordinated assistance and support at the national level to local recovery efforts led by local government and CDEM Groups.

Throughout the earthquake recovery, the National Social Recovery Coordination Group (of central and local government agencies, and regional and national organisations, chaired by MCDEM) has provided strategic oversight for planning and development of integrated social recovery support and services to communities.

MCDEM and other central government agencies worked closely with the CDEM Group Social Recovery Coordinator in Canterbury and local recovery managers in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough.