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More support and information for Canterbury residents

Here’s more to help guide your financial decisions if you have been affected by the earthquakes in Canterbury.      

Take the time, take advice

Financial issues can seem daunting and if left alone can quickly get out of hand. Here are three things to remember:

  • Take your time.
  • Use the range of support, information and advice that’s available.
  • Consider your options and make decisions that are right for you and your situation.

If you’re having trouble making some important financial decisions, remember that you don’t have to make them on your own. Support, information and advice are available from a range of sources, whether you’re trying to make up your mind or just want a second opinion to make sure you’re on the right track.

It’s important to take appropriate, professional advice that you can trust.

Free professional financial advice

To help you work through your financial issues and options there is a free financial advice service which gives you access to a free one-on-one consultation with a qualified, professional financial adviser.

You don’t have to have money to invest to benefit from financial advice. A financial adviser can help you to understand your current financial situation, help you work through your issues and identify options, and give you the tools and information to make the best financial decisions.

The advisers offering the free advice are all local professional financial advisers who have volunteered their time and services. They won’t charge you for their advice or sell you any products (unless you ask them to). So there is no cost to you.

The advisers represent a number of well-known and reputable organisations and are all Authorised Financial Advisers. This means they’re authorised by the Financial Markets Authority to provide certain services. They can provide advice on a range of things from simple term deposits, insurances and mortgages, to other investments and financial planning services. (The advisers do not represent Sorted or the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income.)

Make an appointment today

Call the Kaiapoi Earthquake Hub on 0800 639 000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

Further support and assistance

There are a number of official agencies and community organisations in Canterbury offering support, information and advice to residents. See the CERA website for details.

Useful phone numbers

To talk to... Phone
Canterbury support line 0800 777 846
CERA general enquiries 0800 RING CERA (0800 7464 2372)
CERA Kaiapoi Earthquake Hub 0800 639 000
Free legal advice (Community Law Canterbury) 0508 CANLAW (0508 226 529)
FMA – Using a financial adviser 0800 434 566

Useful websites