Rising from the Rubble




Rising from the Rubble reveals the untold stories of local heroes. The book is based on interviews with those who lived and worked through the Canterbury earthquakes. The book covers the period from the immediate emergency response after the earthquakes to sustaining health services over the following years, in challenging circumstances. Rising from the Rubble also provides a record of how the injuries of the immediate aftermath gave way to a wave of quake-related surgical procedures over several weeks, through to the growth of long-term mental health issues over the years. 

The Health System’s response was simply remarkable and this book contains a number of insights and new information which has never been shared publicly.

Lane Neave Charity Golf Day 

This annual event – which includes a charity auction – has been a well supported success for many years that has raised significant funding for ECF. 


Thanks to Lane Neave for the tireless planning, organisation and management of this fantastic event. 

People in Disasters Conference


24-26 February 2016
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
New Zealand


The Emergency Care Foundation was delighted to sponsor this exciting event, a joint venture between the Canterbury District Health Board and the ‘Researching the Health Implications of Seismic Events’ (RHISE) group, which was established after the February 2011 earthquake in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. The conference attracted over 350 local, national and international delegates and was highly praised as having been "diverse, fascinating and extremely well run". 


PID Conference dinner
PID Conference
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Professor Michael Ardagh and

Dr Joanne Deely


How do health care workers manage disaster on an unprecedented scale? The 2011 Canterbury earthquakes were more challenging to the region’s health system than anyone could have expected. 

Rising from the Rubble has been written by Drs Mike Ardagh and Jo Deely and published by Canterbury University Press. It tells the story of the Canterbury Health System’s response to the 2011 earthquakes gives a compelling account of those who rallied to maintain and rebuild essential health services, maintaining continuity of care for the most vulnerable – from older people to those with kidney failure – as well as dealing with the significant ongoing impact on mental health.