Leadership and integration. Economic recovery. Social recovery. Built recovery. Cultural recovery. Natural environment recovery.

The Recovery Strategy provides a vision, goals and a road map for ensuring the success of greater Christchurch for recovery and future leadership in earthquake resilience.

The Recovery Strategy Vision is:

Greater Christchurch recovers and progresses as a place to be proud of an attractive and vibrant place to live, work, visit and invest - mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei - for us and our children after us.

The community is at the heart of the vision and the success of recovery.


Latest updates

Transition Recovery Plan
The Transition Recovery Plan Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Regeneration sets out the framework for the transition of central government’s role in the recovery to long-term arrangements.

Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP)
Environment Canterbury (ECan), in collaboration with recovery strategic partners is undertaking a review of the Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP). Find out more »

Canterbury Wellbeing Index
The Canterbury Wellbeing Index (the Index) tracks the progress of the social recovery using indicators to provide information on the impacts of the earthquakes on wellbeing and to identify emerging social trends and issues.
Find out more »

Monitoring and Reporting Plan
By monitoring and reporting on the recovery in a clear, planned and coordinated way, we can assess the effectiveness of recovery activities. We can also identify the areas that may require additional effort or change.
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Through the Recovery Strategy, CERA is working with partners to coordinate an efficient and effective work programme for recovery.

Achieving recovery needs effort from everyone; including local and central government, businesses, community groups, individuals, landowners and developers, builders, infrastructure providers, and the insurance and finance sectors.

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Introducing the Recovery Strategy

This video is an introduction to the Recovery Strategy document by CERA's Chief Executive - Roger Sutton.

It describes the launch of the Recovery Strategy document as a significant milestone in the recovery of greater Christchurch, and encourages everyone to read a copy at their local library or here on the CERA website.

The purpose and effect of the Recovery Strategy

Greater Christchurch has a population of just under 460,000 people, and it includes New Zealand’s second largest city. It is the gateway to the South Island and is its most significant centre of economic activity.

The series of earthquakes during 2010 and 2011 caused destruction in the city, to its infrastructure and services and the wellbeing of communities and people in the area. As a vibrant and strategic centre for the whole of the South Island, it’s important to recover from this disaster, adapt to ongoing seismic activity and enable a stronger and more resilient community and region.

The rebuilding of greater Christchurch provides an exciting opportunity for investment, innovation and job creation. Already much of greater Christchurch functions effectively and safely and is open for business.

Learn more about the purpose and effect of the Recovery Strategy by reading the FAQ.