As wildfires continue to spread in Christchurch, members and staff of the TEU send thoughts and best wishes to all those affected.
Approximately 450 homes have been evacuated and at least eleven destroyed in fires that have been burning in the Port Hills area since Monday. It is estimated that the fires have spread to cover an area of 1,850 hectares.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rod Carr, of the University of Canterbury has written to staff outlining the support available to anyone that has been affected at the university.
The TEU encourages all other institutions in the area, if they haven’t done so already, to do the same.
Gabrielle Moore, TEU organiser in Christchurch, encouraged affected staff to contact their manager as soon as possible to make arrangements for appropriate support.
“This is an extremely difficult time for the people of Christchurch. Our thoughts and those of everyone at the TEU are with all those that have been affected. We are grateful to the Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury for being so supportive and offering help to those affected. I hope staff at other institutions in the area are similarly supported by their management teams. The TEU office is always open if staff need advice or want to talk about how to go about making arrangements with their managers for necessary support,” Moore said.
Any TEU members affected wishing to speak to someone about what support is available at work should contact Gabrielle Moore on 03 364 2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.