Section 4: Vision and Goals for the Recovery

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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.

Supporting this vision are the following goals, which relate to the six components of recovery.

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

Overview of the components of recovery.

Leadership and integration

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

Economic recovery

2. Revitalise greater Christchurch as the heart of a prosperous region for business, work, education, and increased investment in new activities - by:

2.1 planning for a well-functioning Christchurch central city, thriving suburban centres, flourishing rural towns and a productive rural sector;
2.2 leading and working with strategic partners and both the public and private sector;
2.3 restoring the confidence of the business sector and the insurance and finance markets to enable economic recovery and growth;
2.4 renewing the region's brand and reputation as a safe, desirable and attractive place to live, study, visit and invest;
2.5 identifying and facilitating increased opportunities for early and substantial local and international investment;
2.6 ensuring a range of employment options to attract and retain a high-calibre, appropriately skilled workforce;
2.7 collaborating with the private sector and government agencies to address obstacles to economic recovery and to match supply with demand for resources;
2.8 enabling a business-friendly environment that retains and attracts business;
2.9 aligning provision of education and training to support long-term economic growth;
2.10 ensuring science, technology and innovation supports recovery and growth; and
2.11 facilitating the recovery and development of the Central Business District.

Social recovery

3. Strengthen community resilience, safety and wellbeing, and enhance quality of life for residents and visitors - by:

3.1 enabling and empowering local communities to shape and lead their own recovery;
3.2 growing capacity, knowledge and skills within the community to build resilience;
3.3 delivering community, health, education and social services that are collaborative, accessible, innovative and inclusive;
3.4 supporting people, in particular those facing hardship and uncertainty, by providing quality housing, education and health services; and
3.5 supporting communities as they go through the processes of resettlement.

Cultural recovery

4. Renew greater Christchurch's unique identity and its vitality expressed through sport, recreation, art, history, heritage and traditions - by:

4.1 acknowledging and celebrating the rich and diverse Ngāi Tahu, colonial and other heritages and connections;
4.2 resuming cultural, community and sports events and activities;
4.3 encouraging participation in a range of entertainment, cultural, recreational and sporting activities;
4.4 restoring historic buildings, where feasible, for the benefit of the community; and
4.5 acknowledging losses and creating spaces to remember, while embracing necessary changes to the city's character and urban form.

Built environment recovery

5. Develop resilient, cost effective, accessible and integrated infrastructure, buildings, housing and transport networks - by:

5.1 coordinating and prioritising infrastructure investment that effectively contributes to the economy and community during recovery and into the future;
5.2 supporting innovative urban design, buildings, technology and infrastructure to redefine greater Christchurch as a safe place built for the future;
5.3 rebuilding infrastructure and buildings in a resilient, cost-effective and energy-efficient manner;
5.4 developing an integrated transport system that meets the changed needs of people and businesses and enables accessible, sustainable, affordable and safe travel choices;
5.5 zoning sufficient land for recovery needs within settlement patterns consistent with an urban form that provides for the future development of greater Christchurch;
5.6 having a range of affordable housing options connected to community and strategic infrastructure that provides for residents participation in social, cultural and economic activities; and
5.7 drawing on sound information about ongoing seismic activity and environmental constraints, including other natural hazards and climate change.

Natural environment recovery

6. Restore the natural environment to support biodiversity and economic prosperity and to reconnect people to the rivers, wetlands and Port Hills - by:

6.1 ensuring recovery activities value, protect and sustainably manage the sources of our water;
6.2 ensuring ecosystems are healthy and functioning;
6.3 improving the quality and function of estuaries, waterways and wetlands to support the unique biodiversity that is endemic to Te Waipounamu;
6.4 providing public access to and opportunities for outdoor recreation, cultural, social and economic activities;
6.5 enhancing air quality through managing recovery activities that impact on air quality, such as heating, transport, demolition and construction; and
6.6 storing, sorting and processing waste in an environmentally safe and effective manner, including minimising and recycling construction and demolition wastes.