Section 12: Leadership and Integration

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Working together the people will prosper.

CERA is leading and coordinating an efficient and effective recovery programme through involving strategic partners, stakeholders and sectors. This will include intervening where necessary to remove impediments and resolve any issues, for example by using the powers provided for in the CER Act.

As well as coordinating the governance and decisionmaking processes, CERA is collecting information, engaging with people, and planning or project managing on-the-ground action (for example, the demolitions, public bus tours and red zone information sessions).

The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has been established to lead the rebuild of the Christchurch CBD. More information about the unit can be found at

Integrating action across the recovery components can achieve greater positive results. For example, a welldesigned built environment can also improve health and cultural vitality, attract tourists and investors, and reduce harm to the natural environment. Careful planning and sequencing of recovery programmes can achieve multiple goals and reduce duplication of effort.

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. Funding is improved when good decisions are made around investment priorities and sequencing. Other helpful measures are robust business case analysis, openness to selecting the best funding options from the full range of financing possibilities, effective procurement and delivery monitoring.

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. Government is working with partners on science and information such as geotechnical issues including rockfall risks, cliff collapse, debris inundation and land movement. It is working to provide certainty to home owners as soon as practicable so as to improve confidence for home and business owners, insurers and investors.

For more information about land zoning, see Built Environment: Implementation (section 16.2).

12.1 Leadership and integration goals

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

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

12.2 Implementation

Recovery Governance and Coordination led by CERA is establishing and supporting the recovery governance framework. It is also providing project management guidance to support the alignment, implementation and monitoring of the Recovery Strategy and the development, implementation and monitoring of recovery programmes and Recovery Plans.

The Funding and Finance Recovery Programme led by CERA is coordinating central government recovery spending. It is identifying funding and sequencing/timing gaps in all projects requiring capital across all classes of infrastructure, including hard-to-finance projects. The programme is also providing guidance to make the most of earthquake recovery funds; developing a macro-level portfolio approach to attract investment (including identifying sources of funding); and working on an investment prospectus to underpin business cases to give support and confidence to private investors.

The Christchurch Central Development Unit will provide leadership for the redevelopment of the CBD to deliver the vision of a distinctive, vibrant and green 21st century city. A blueprint for the CBD will provide greater certainty about the nature, location and timing of key anchor projects. It will build on the vision set out in the draft Central City Plan developed by the Christchurch City Council. The CCDU will work collaboratively with key partners such as the Christchurch City Council, Ngāi Tahu and stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

The Iwi Māori Recovery Programme led by Ngāi Tahu is ensuring 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. The programme will cover issues such as housing and redevelopment on Māori land and reserves, potential development of cultural services and facilities or alignment with other initiatives (such as performing arts venues, sports facilities, and health services) and the restoration and recovery of the rivers and other significant natural features.

Many aspects of the programme will relate directly to Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga interests, but may also have relevance for the wider Māori community residing in greater Christchurch. Guidelines will be provided in the Iwi Māori recovery programme so that recovery programmes and plans:

  • address the relationships and obligations derived from the Treaty of Waitangi;
  • provide meaningful opportunities for Ngāi Tahu and Māori involvement in decision-making; and
  • develop collaborative interventions and solutions to address Ngāi Tahu and Māori concerns and interests in recovery.

The Natural Hazards Research Platform is an ongoing programme of research to understand the geotechnical issues and seismic conditions. The research includes work to understand geotechnical issues, seismic conditions, liquefaction, rockfall risk, building and infrastructure performance, and the impacts on and resilience of society and communities. It is helping to inform decisions (such as zoning decisions) on where, when and how to rebuild in greater Christchurch.