Section 8: Monitoring, Reporting and Review of the Recovery Strategy

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Please note: SECTION 8 has statutory effect pursuant to s.15 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

8.1 Monitoring

CERA will develop a monitoring plan by the end of June 2012, in consultation with the strategic partners and government agencies. This plan will coordinate and outline responsibilities for monitoring and reporting on the recovery’s progress. Monitoring will track recovery over time and make information available to decisionmakers and the community. If any recovery activities are not effective, this process will also help identify the required changes.

The plan will address three levels of monitoring and reporting.

1. Monitoring indicators for the Recovery Strategy goals. In collaboration with the strategic partners and other agencies, CERA will develop baseline indicators for the Strategy’s goals. These indicators will be used to measure progress towards recovery, including outcomes for iwi. For example, social recovery indicators may relate to trends in education, health, housing and demography, and may be analysed in terms of age, ethnicity, employment status and gender. A few key indicators, such as for community and economic wellbeing, will be linked to more detailed monitoring that closely tracks progress.

2. Monitoring progress towards the goals. Recovery programmes for the six components of recovery will identify targets and objectives that will be used to measure progress towards the goals.

3. Financial monitoring and reporting by central government and local authorities. Financial reports make the spending of public funds accountable and transparent. They also provide information about future work programmes.

a) Central government produces quarterly financial reports on Vote appropriations. Information includes programme and activity spend (actual and projected) on the greater Christchurch earthquake recovery.

b) Local authorities produce financial reports under the Local Government Act 2002 on their programme and actual and projected activity spend.

8.2 Reporting and review

CERA will review and report publicly on the implementation of the Recovery Strategy, recovery programmes and progress towards milestones. Reporting will show where outcomes are, or are not, being achieved and where conditions have changed – for example, because knowledge has changed or there is ongoing seismic activity. Reports will be posted and updated on the CERA website.

CERA provides available research and information (for example, on land decisions and liquefaction, tsunami and rockfall risk) through its website and updates via Facebook and Twitter.

The Recovery Strategy will be reviewed as required to keep it current and relevant.

In particular, a review may be required for any of the following reasons.

  • Another significant earthquake or aftershock forces changes to the longer-term approach to recovery.
  • Monitoring shows a need to change approach, or to address an ongoing market failure.
  • Other influences or risks have a significant impact on recovery activities - for example, there are changes to the availability of finance or to other strategic documents that influence the recovery.

In addition, the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery will review the CER Act in terms of its operation and implementation and will report on it each year (see section 92 of the CER Act).