Leadership and Integration
He Tātaki, he Mahi ngātahi

CERA is leading and coordinating the implementation of the Recovery Strategy.

This includes funding programmes, collecting data and facilitating engagement.

Careful planning and sequencing of recovery programmes can achieve multiple goals and reduce duplication of effort.

Leadership and integration

Māte mahi tahi ka ora te iwi.

Working together the people will prosper.

CERA has a key leadership role in all earthquake recovery activities and is coordinating an efficient and effective programme involving strategic partners, stakeholders and sectors.

Integrating action across the recovery components can achieve greater positive results. For example, a well-designed built environment can also improve health and cultural vitality, attract tourists and investors, and reduce harm to the natural environment.

The pool of resources for the recovery is not unlimited. Therefore, approaches are needed to both expand and use the available funds as effectively as possible to maximise recovery outcomes. An attractive financing environment signals that greater Christchurch opportunities represent an attractive risk–return balance. To achieve such an environment and engage the private sector, the Government needs to promote the right framework of policy, institutions, legislation and regulations.

Quality scientific data and other information are needed to inform and make robust decisions. Property owners require clear information about the status of their land, homes and businesses so they can plan and move forward with repairing and rebuilding their properties. This information is particularly important for those dealing with severe land damage, flooding and disruption to services.

Leadership and integration goals

CERA, the public and private sector and communities coordinate with each other to contribute to the recovery and future growth of greater Christchurch - by:

  1. facilitating a timely and efficient recovery, including intervening where necessary to remove impediments, resolve issues and provide certainty;
  2. considering the effects of ongoing seismic activity;
  3. reporting and communicating how recovery work programmes are delivering integrated recovery;
  4. facilitating engagement that will result in constructive and enduring governance, partnerships and relationships for recovery;
  5. delivering smarter council and government planning and services;
  6. ensuring that public sector investment and expenditure are transparent;
  7. identifying opportunities to leverage the significant investment needed for new and upgraded infrastructure; and
  8. providing research and knowledge that will help to make well-informed decisions for a robust and enduring recovery.

What’s happening?

CERA is collecting information and project managing on-the-ground action (for example, the demolitions, public access to the CBD, and red zone information sessions) and undertaking planning and engagement with those involved in recovery. In addition, CERA is coordinating the governance and decision-making processes to ensure integration and alignment and prevent duplication of action.

Leadership and integration underpins the whole Recovery Strategy’s implementation and has three programmes:

Governance and Coordination sets out and implements a governance framework and  integration mechanisms to align and coordinate work being undertaken through recovery programmes or other earthquake recovery-related work programmes.

Funding and Finance Programme is directing the resources available for the recovery and building an attractive financing environment for investors.

Iwi Māori Recovery Programme will ensure that recovery issues specific to Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga and Māori in greater Christchurch are identified, analysed and implemented in an effective, integrated and innovative manner.

Christchurch Central Development Unit is leading the development of Christchurch central and delivering the vision outline in the Central City Plan.

Monitoring and Reporting on the Recovery Strategy

In addition the Natural Hazards Research Platform is an ongoing programme of research to unerstand the geotechnical issues and seismic conditions. The research includes work on liquefaction, rockfall risk, and building and infrastructure performance and is helping to inform decisions (such as zoning decisions) on where, when and how rebuilding occurs in greater Christchurch. Visit the GNS pages on the Canterbury Earthquakes for information, explanations and maps.

Who’s involved?

Implementing the Recovery Strategy involves many of people and organisations across Canterbury and New Zealand. It includes a range of people and skills, from the Minister of Earthquake Recovery to the construction labourers working on the residential rebuild. Every resident in Christchurch is involved in their own way, for example, by investing in the community, rebuilding their house or supporting their family, friends and neighbours.

CERA has a leadership role and has included organisations at the political, central government, local government and stakeholder/community levels in developing the direction for earthquake recovery.

Aside from governance and decision making, hundreds of businesses and organisations are delivering on-the-ground action and support.