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  • 25 October 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the outcome of this week’s Quake Outcasts hearing in the Court of Appeal will determine how CERA should address issues identified in the Port Hills zoning review, but that may take some time. Given the delay, the final expiry date for all Crown offers in the Port Hills will be extended to 31 March 2014, instead of the current 31 January date.
  • 29 September 2013
    A multi-layered website showing the changes across Greater Christchurch will provide a raft of information including land use and zoning, transport routes, and population figures to help with future planning in the region.
  • 25 September 2013
    Canterbury’s younger generation is being asked to share its experience of the recovery through the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s Youth Wellbeing Survey, which has been launched this week.
  • 10 September 2013
    About 20 government departments and agencies will be relocating into the Christchurch CBD in 2016 to support the city’s recovery. “Today’s announcement by Prime Minister John Key is very welcome news,” says Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.
  • 10 September 2013
    Finding new solutions in areas of recycling and waste reduction are some of the silver linings of the past three years, says Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority Chief Executive Roger Sutton.
  • 05 September 2013
    The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has reached final decisions on the acquisition of a number of properties that sit in the North and East Frames as the plan for the new central city pushes ahead.
  • 03 September 2013
    The chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority Roger Sutton, says the delay in announcing the outcome of the Port Hills zoning review is frustrating but necessary. The delay comes after the decision from the High Court last week in the Quake Outcasts judicial review. Justice Panckhurst determined that the red zoning process should have been carried out in a different way, and therefore was not lawful.
  • 28 August 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has now received all the geotechnical information it requires in order to announce the results of the long-awaited Port Hills land-zoning review.
  • 29 July 2013
    Senior engineers working for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in the aftermath of the February 2011 earthquake have been honoured for their innovative handling of critically damaged and dangerous tall buildings.
  • 22 July 2013
    The growing Christchurch rebuild is proving attractive to migrants, with new records being set for the number of people moving to the city from overseas.
  • 17 July 2013
    The Crown has purchased the site where the Canterbury Television (CTV) building stood until the February 2011 earthquake, as part of the larger plan to create a world-class new central Christchurch.
  • 30 June 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have paid tribute to members of the New Zealand Defence Force for their dedicated service to Christchurch on the eve of their longest ever domestic deployment.
  • 27 June 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Crown and the Christchurch City Council have marked a major milestone in the rebuild of greater Christchurch, with agreement reached on cost sharing arrangements for the anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, and the repair and replacement of the city’s essential horizontal infrastructure.
  • 26 June 2013
    CERA is releasing the Canterbury Wellbeing Index which tracks the progress of the social recovery across greater Christchurch and a number of indicators.
  • 21 June 2013
    Almost 100 property owners in the Residential Red Zone who have agreed to sell to the Crown have had their settlement dates extended. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is considering case by case extensions to settlement dates in the flat land Red Zone based on vulnerability and individual circumstances.
  • 19 June 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says a group of companies and agencies involved in the recovery have combined to share knowledge and create a winter resilience campaign, ensuring all parties know what each is doing and promising to refer those who need help on to their partners as required.
  • 14 June 2013
    The second and smallest of the four progressive cordon reductions in the central city over June has now been completed, giving more access to areas east of Manchester Street.
  • 10 June 2013
    Work has begun in the second of four areas of the Rebuild Zone that are being moved out of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery’s Authority jurisdiction during June. The progressive reduction will end the New Zealand Defence Force’s unprecedented deployment in the city since the February 2011 earthquake.
  • 10 June 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says an extension to the offer expiry date for Port Hills properties will bring their offer process in line with that of flat land owners.
  • 07 June 2013
    Another huge step has been taken in the progressive city cordon reduction project with the area north of Gloucester Street now open. This section of the city is the first in the four-week reduction programme, at the end of which the majority of the central city roads and footpaths will be accessible and safe for the public to use.
  • 04 June 2013
    The countdown is on in the central city as CERA, Christchurch City Council, SCIRT and other key agencies work to meet the end-of-June target for the removal of the Rebuild Zone cordon. The cordon will be progressively reduced over the next four weeks with a different area targeted each week.
  • 31 May 2013
    With a significant work programme in the Port Hills area of Lucas Lane completed, residents of the eight affected properties will shortly be moving home. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the area, which was last to be zoned green, was in danger of inundation from an old quarry which had been damaged in the earthquakes.
  • 31 May 2013
    Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today launched the $170 million 700 New Builds programme in Christchurch with Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee. “This is the biggest Government house building programme in Christchurch’s history. It amounts to a new house being built every working day from now until the end of 2015. It will increase housing supply, provide hundreds of jobs and reinforce the momentum of the Government’s earthquake recovery effort,” Dr Smith says.
  • 28 May 2013
    Residential Red Zone residents who meet specific criteria will now be able to request an extension to the settlement date of their Crown offer by up to six months.
  • 23 May 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today taken Prime Minister John Key on a whistle-stop tour to check progress on three major construction sites in the Christchurch CBD.
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