Section 7: Recovery Programmes

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Please note: SECTION 7 has statutory effect pursuant to s.15 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

CERA has worked across government and with strategic partners to develop programmes to implement the Recovery Strategy. These programmes deal with each of the six components of recovery and are interconnected. They include activities, projects and larger programmes of work and will seek to achieve multiple goals where appropriate.

Government-led recovery programmes should:

  • be consistent with the Recovery Strategy, particularly the goals and principles;
  • integrate activities to achieve multiple goals of the Recovery Strategy where possible;
  • investigate opportunities for risk reduction and enhancement to build a stronger and more resilient community and region;
  • use appropriate impact assessment methodologies and tools;
  • identify programme targets and objectives; and
  • identify pre-earthquake baselines and expectations for the components of recovery (social, economic, natural environment, cultural and built environment). These baselines can then be used when measuring the success of the recovery programmes.

Recovery programmes will be implemented in a number of ways. For example, some agencies will coordinate with each other on new initiatives and others will reorient or adapt business-as-usual work.

Some programmes may use the statutory tools provided by the CER Act (such as Recovery Plans and Orders in Council) or other Acts such as the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Local Government Act 2002.

7.1 Recovery Plans

In some cases a programme of work may need a Recovery Plan. Recovery Plans can be developed under the CER Act. This Act also identifies the need for the Recovery Plan for the CBD (known as the Central City Plan). Recovery Plans impact on other regulatory plans created under other laws. They need to be carefully considered and consulted on before they are finalised.

Why might a Recovery Plan be developed?

  • A Recovery Plan is appropriate if statutory intervention is needed to undertake a particular programme of work. Sections 23 and 26 of the CER Act provide for this intervention.
  • A Recovery Plan may be appropriate when usual methods of work cannot achieve the required intervention because of the type of work or timeframe involved.

At this stage, several Recovery Plans are being scoped. Part of preparing any Recovery Plan will be to consider any existing Treaty of Waitangi obligations. To integrate activities, connect the components of recovery, and implement the goals of this strategy, the preparation of Recovery Plans will use impact assessment methodologies and tools, such as the Integrated Recovery Planning Guide (June 2011).