Our Army quickly deployed two 2/1 RNZIR companies into the city to establish the Red Zone cordon. Joined by several 2nd Canterbury Regiment reserve soldiers they began cordoning and shutting down the central city. The cordon was then supported by other Regular Force, Territorial Force, Navy and Air Force personnel.
A repatriation flight for foreign dignitaries at a conference in Christchurch is our first evacuation flight out of the city. A P-3K2 Orion conducts an immediate aerial survey of the affected areas, to inform Civil Defence emergency planning what was needed in the response.
The C-130H(NZ) Hercules arrives in Christchurch with consignments of supplies and equipment and leaves with passengers. The Boeing 757s and C-130H(NZ) Hercules then run continuous return flights as a 24-hour operation bringing in supplies and evacuating people from the city.
HMNZS Canterbury was in Lyttleton Port preparing for Exercise Southern Katipo and loaded with vehicles, supplies and personnel needed to respond to a humanitarian and disaster event. 160 personnel were immediately offloaded to provide meals to the community, security patrols for businesses, and a command-and-control hub.
Further out, HMNZS Resolution completes a survey of the main shipping route into Lyttleton. Once the port is opened, HMNZS Canterbury begins transporting consignments of essential goods from Wellington to Lyttleton, returning with supplies, excavators, trucks, and trailers.