Following recent meetings with local Unions it has become apparent that there appears to be some confusion about the current status of quake leave. Quake leave continues to be available on application on a discretionary basis to affected CDHB staff.

Please follow the usual process for discretionary leave and make a written application to your line manager who will refer the application to their Nursing Director/Service Manager/Ops Manager and General Manager for sign off to ensure consistency and fairness.

We anticipate that some staff may need quake leave in the months ahead, especially as EQC and Insurers get around to doing full assessments. There will be other circumstances where staff may be entitled to discretionary quake leave and they will be considered on a case by case basis.