About CERA

Overview

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is the agency established by the Government to lead and coordinate the ongoing recovery effort following the devastating earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. On 1 February 2015 it became a Departmental Agency within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

CERA's purpose

To lead and partner with communities to return greater Christchurch to a prosperous and thriving place to work, live and play, as quickly as possible.

CERA's role

  • Provide leadership and coordination for the ongoing recovery effort.
  • Focus on economic recovery, restoring local communities and making sure the right structures are in place for recovery.
  • Enable an effective and timely recovery.
  • Work closely with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Environment Canterbury – collectively referred to as the 'strategic partners' – and engage with local communities of greater Christchurch, the private sector and the business sector.
  • Keep people and communities informed.
  • Administer the CER Act.

How CERA works

CERA is a Departmental Agency within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It has its own chief executive and reports to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 contains powers that are vested in the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and the chief executive of CERA to enable an effective, timely and coordinated rebuild and recovery effort.

The Minister and CERA work in a spirit of collaboration with the strategic partners and engage with the local communities of greater Christchurch, the private sector and business interests.

In addition:

  • a forum of Canterbury cross-party parliamentary members exists to share information on the recovery efforts
  • a forum of representatives from the community exists to provide information and advice to the Minister.

CERA is funded by way of a separate Vote.