Are you starting renovations or repairs on your property and worried about the risk of asbestos? Asbestos Aware will help you identify what asbestos could look like, where it could be found and how it should be dealt with.

Asbestos is a health hazard to you and your family if you inhale the very fine fibres that can be created when you damage or disturb materials that contain asbestos. If you, or any contractors you use, don’t plan work carefully and take appropriate precautions, you may spread contamination. This can settle on carpets, drapes and soft furnishings and become airborne at a later date. Don’t expose yourself and your family to this risk.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was a popular component of many building materials used in the construction or refurbishment of homes in New Zealand, particularly between 1940 and 1990. By following the information on this site you can find out how to recognise and manage the hazards associated with asbestos containing materials and you will find the contact details for those people who can assist with testing for asbestos and its safe removal.

This site has been developed specifically for Greater Christchurch, but the information is relevant for anyone undertaking or commissioning residential work that may involve disturbing asbestos containing materials.

Please note the Regulations around working with asbestos changed on 4 April 2016. For more information visit


This video will help you to find out more about asbestos.

Asbestos Aware was established by the Combined Health and Environmental Risks Programme Control Group (CHER) associated with the Christchurch Rebuild. The group is made up of representatives from:

  • Environment Canterbury (Canterbury Regional Council)

  • Christchurch City Council

  • Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

  • WorkSafe New Zealand

  • Canterbury District Health Board

  • Waimakariri District Council

  • Selwyn District Council

  • Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu


Asbestos Aware is now managed by WorkSafe New Zealand on behalf of the CHER group.