An extra $13 million will be spent over the next two years to meet demand for social services in Canterbury.
Social development minister Paula Bennett says $20 million has been provided since the first quake in September 2010, but the impacts of the earthquakes are still being felt.
Ms Bennett says the money will go towards counselling services, case management for families with complex needs and support the continuation of the 0800 Government Helpline.
She says people are still struggling.
"In some cases suffering worse than they were a year ago after the earthquake, so we want to make sure that extra funding is going into counselling services for individuals and their families and equally for those social service agencies which deliver essential services."
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