CERA invoices

Background to works to demolish, partially demolish or make safe

Related information: Frequently Asked Questions - Demolition Invoices

The earthquakes of 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 caused widespread major damage in Christchurch and Canterbury. Continuing aftershocks, in particular those on 13 June 2011, have caused further damage.

Works to carry out demolitions, partial demolitions and make safe can be described as occurring in two different periods.

(1) From 22 February to 30 April 2011 a National State of Emergency was in place under the Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (MCDEM). Work to make Greater Christchurch safe, particularly commercial buildings in the CBD red zone, after the 22 February earthquake was done under (MCDEM) powers.

Buildings were assessed by engineers and where they were determined to be dangerous, required full demolition, partial demolition or make safe work.

This work was originally paid for by the Government (via MCDEM), with reimbursement of the costs to be sought from the building owner and/or the owner’s insurance company at a later date. 

(2) From 1 May to 12 July 2011 a transition period occurred where CERA emergency management measures, including demolitions that had been initiated during the MCDEM period, continued under section 85 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER Act). During this period the work to make Greater Christchurch safe (full demolition, partial demolition and make safe) continued.

Much of this work was carried out by CERA, in agreement with the building owner, and will be invoiced to the building owner and/or the building owner’s insurance company.

The 13 June aftershock required many buildings, particularly in the CBD red zone, to have urgent work carried out, as the buildings were assessed as presenting an immediate danger. This work was carried out by CERA, and will be subsequently invoiced to the building owners. Building owners should contact their insurance company about the invoice if that is appropriate. CERA recommends contacting insurance companies as early as possible to meet invoice payment deadlines.

Demolitions, partial demolitions and works to make safe under MCDEM and CERA have now either been completed or have progressed to the point where invoices are being progressively sent out.

Building owners may receive a final invoice or receive a series of progressive invoices. These may apply for the MCDEM period, or for works carried out by CERA, or both.

If you have any queries about an invoice/s please email demolitioncontracts@cera.govt.nz or call 0800 RING CERA (0800 7464 2372).

Please provide your name, reference and invoice numbers (these are listed on the invoice). Please also include details of the best way to contact you, and details of your inquiry.

Related information: Frequently Asked Questions - Demolition Invoices