Movie giants, royalty among donors

GENEROUS: James Cameron.
GENEROUS: James Cameron.

Hollywood movie giants James Cameron, Fox Studios and Warner Bros each donated more than $500,000 to Christchurch's earthquake appeal.

The tiny island nation of Kiribati, which is due to disappear because of rising waters caused by climate change, was among those donating between $50,000 and $499,999, as were other Pacific nations Vanuatu and Samoa, along with Botswana in Southern Africa and Vietnam.

The exact amount given to Christchurch by those in the $50,000 to $499,999 band is not known.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, also gave more than $50,000 after they asked their wedding guests to donate to one or more of 26 charities, instead of giving them gifts.

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust yesterday released its annual report, providing for the first time a comprehensive look at where $100.7 million worth of donations came from.

The report also shows $47.26m has been spent on 112 projects and $53.47m remains but $14m of that has already been pledged to specific projects, leaving $37m to be allocated.

The trust expects to allocate the majority of funds by 2014.

Prime Minister John Key launched the trust on February 27 last year as the Government's official, global fundraising appeal.

The report shows the governments of Oman, Canada, Indonesia, China and the Russian Federation all donated $500,000 or more, along with New South Wales and Victoria.

Some 59 per cent of the donations came from within New Zealand and 41 per cent from overseas.

Almost $2.3m was donated from 9473 separate credit cards and 16 donations of $1m or more were received. Some 12 per cent of the money was donated from the United States and Canada, and 9 per cent from Australia.

People across the world came up with a variety of ways to raise money including a global telethon, a radiothon, beard shaving, a climb up London's Gherkin building, charity dinners, a rugby test, and cycling the length of Britain.

A special Lotto draw raised $8.2m, the Rise Up Christchurch telethon raised $2m, a Foo Fighters concert in Auckland in March last year raised $354,903, and a Placido Domingo concert in Christchurch in October last year raised more than $50,000.

Some of the 112 groups to receive money include the Christchurch Arts Centre, which was given $14.2m to restore the clock tower and the Great Hall.

The Court Theatre received $2.5m, St John got $2.8m and bought seven emergency vehicles, Canterbury hockey got $1m to build a third hockey turf at Nunweek Park and $120,000 was put towards providing three temporary swimming pools for children to learn to swim.

Trustee Rod Carr said the trustees were trying to ensure the remaining funds assisted Canterbury's long-term recovery.

The Press