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  • 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.
  • 03 August 2013
    Greater Christchurch Recovery Update - Issue 24 [PDF 2.37MB] Issue 24 of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update was published August 2013.
  • 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.
  • 06 July 2013
    The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee has received the draft Land Use Recovery Plan from Environment Canterbury. Environment Canterbury developed the draft Land Use Recovery Plan with its strategic partners Christchurch City Council, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils, Te Rūnunga o Ngāi Tahu, NZ Transport Agency and CERA, as directed in November 2012 under Section 16 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.
  • 05 July 2013
    Greater Christchurch Recovery Update - Issue 23 [PDF 1.7MB] Issue 23 of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update was published July 2013.
  • 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.
  • 10 June 2013
    Greater Christchurch Recovery Update - Issue 22a [PDF 3.2MB] Issue 22a of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update was published June 2013. Please note that this version includes a correction to the data contained in the table on page 3.
  • 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.
  • 22 May 2013
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton has highlighted the resilience of the Canterbury economy, and the value of strong expertise and institutions behind the Christchurch rebuild, in a speech to a United Nations forum last night. Mr Sutton was speaking at the 4th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland.
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