Governance and Coordination

Clear governance responsibilities will improve the alignment and coordination of work being undertaken, either through recovery programmes or within organisations, through other earthquake recovery-related work programmes.

CERA, working with strategic partners and across government, has established a governance framework to support the implementation of the Recovery Strategy. It focuses on resolving critical issues that may impact the schedule, planning, transport, quality, safety or security of the recovery programmes.

Government will intervene where necessary to remove any impediments to recovery and resolve any issues for example by using the powers provided for in the CER Act.

CERA is coordinating the implementation of recovery programmes identified in the Recovery Strategy by collaborating across government and providing tools for integration. This includes monitoring and reporting against progress and programme management support.

Objectives of the programme

CERA is facilitating effective working relationships through the governance framework that provides for input and alignment at the political, advisory, strategic and technical levels.

Objectives include:

  • establish clear relationships at both the local government level and with central government agencies 
  • reflect a transparent, collaborative and integrated approach to the development of recovery programmes
  • reflect both the greater Christchurch context including existing frameworks (such as the UDS) and the role of the Minister (CER Act)
  • monitor and report progress towards integrated recovery
  • transfer responsibilities smoothly when CERA ceases to exist.

The resulting Recovery Strategy Governance Framework [PDF 150KB] covers four levels of governance (political, central government, local government and stakeholder/community).

Key projects

At the central government level CERA is coordinating action, advice and decision making across government departments and through the Minister for Earthquake Recovery. Cabinet papers that reflect policy decision making are available.

The Recovery Strategy Advisory Committee consists of mayors, chairs, councillors, commissioners and leaders of the strategic partners (and includes NZTA as an observing member). The committee will assist the development of an aligned approach and a consistent view of the recovery strategy’s implementation.

The Chief Executives Advisory Group includes the Chief Executives of strategic partners and NZTA. The group is a forum for efficient communications on recovery related issues, especially when decisions or resources are required within their respective agencies. Where necessary, the Chief Executives may provide guidance and resolve matters raised to them by the officials group (described below). The group will support the Advisory Committee and promote the Recovery Strategy and recovery programmes and help streamline effort within their respective organisations.

The Recovery Strategy Officials Group will work at the management and technical levels to coordinate and align recovery programmes and the implementation of the Urban Development Strategy. The group will include representatives from private sector, government and strategic partners. Technical Advisory Groups will be convened to support the development of recovery programmes and plans.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Presentation on the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill, given by Benesia Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Recovery Policy to the Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee (UDSIC) on 6 November 2015 [PDF 2.3MB, 24 pages]