Story: Natural hazards – overview

Relief camp identification card

Relief camp identification card

One of the emergency measures introduced after the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake was to issue identification cards to everyone in relief camps. This card, issued for a two-year-old, was needed to get food.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-EARTHQUAKES-1931-01

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Natural hazards – overview - Civil defence – coping with emergencies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006