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CERA asks public for ideas on how to repair Canterbury from quakes for recovery strategy due end of 2011

CERA asks public for ideas on how to repair Canterbury from quakes for recovery strategy due end of 2011

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is asking for submissions from the public to how to repair the Canterbury region following the devastating earthquakes that have hit since September 2010.

Ideas would contribute to a recovery strategy to be announced at the end of this year, CERA head Roger Sutton said.

See the release from CERA:

People living in the greater Christchurch area are being asked by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) to provide their views on what should be done to help the region recover from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

The information gathered will be used by CERA in producing a Recovery Strategy for the region by the end of this year, in keeping with the requirements of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Recovery Strategy will set directions and priorities for recovery across five main areas:

1.    Community well-being;

2.    The built environment;

3.    The natural environment;

4.    The economy; and,

5.    Culture and heritage.

Other recovery plans will sit under this overarching strategy.

While CERA will be taking into account the views gathered by Christchurch City Council during its Share an Idea consultation, the Recovery Strategy’s focus is on the entire greater Christchurch area, rather than just the central city.  CERA is also consulting Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, local and regional authorities and other key agencies on their views of recovery.

A series of community workshops starts next Thursday 14 July to give people an opportunity to share their opinions.  These will be held in Christchurch, Lyttelton, Lincoln, Kaiapoi and Rangiora, during the day and in the evening.  People will also be able to make submissions online at www.cera.govt.nz or pick up a submission form from council offices and public libraries.

CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says one of the most energising aspects of his job is “how passionate people are about living here; and how willing they are to contribute to its future.  We really want to harness some of this passion for the Recovery Strategy.”

The community will also have a chance to comment on the draft strategy later this year.

CERA is responsible for rebuilding greater Christchurch and its surrounds, and supporting the welfare of its residents.  For more information visit www.cera.govt.nz

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3 Comments

Treasury, RBNZ and govt. might want to reconsider their forecasts that rely on the rebuilding of Chch.

 "Ideas would contribute to a recovery strategy to be announced at the end of this year"

I'd say that the rebuild can't start until after this.  Given how slow govt. departments are at achieving/implementing anything when exactly will the rebuild start?

Surely their staff are getting paid enough to come up with their own ideas, as public workshops can only go so far.. An international urban design and architectural competition should be at the top of their list, to come up with a new type of building design unique to the area. Low rise, and light weight. Really they just need to get on with it.

Here's an answer to the question, "How do we pay for it?"

'Housing on the state'

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/5260027/Housing-on-the-state

"If we could build all those houses back then with Reserve Bank finance at 1
per cent interest, why can't we do the same now to rebuild our city?

We still have the Reserve Bank, which could issue credit at 1 per cent as it
did when it provided the money to build houses for Key's mother and more
than 33,000 other needy families.

Perhaps we need more common-sense sheilas and blokes managing New Zealand's
economy as they did with success in the 1930s and fewer over-educated
"experts". 

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