The Government has announced a number of changes to how the State Services supports the ongoing earthquake recovery in greater Christchurch.

Greater Christchurch's recovery from the earthquakes remains a top priority and long-term focus for the Government, and a major area of work across the State services.

The recovery is moving to a new phase, with the focus shifting to long term arrangements. The work has four major planks.

  • CERA will move to become a Departmental Agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to place natural disaster recovery work at the core of central government planning;

  • A transition plan will be put in place to hand over responsibility and powers from CERA to local government, other government agencies or other delivery vehicles;

  • A stocktake of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER Act) will result in the removal or scaling back of some of the legislation's no-longer required powers;

  • An advisory group of local leaders and community representatives will be appointed to help guide the development of the transition plan and review of CER Act powers and give Christchurch a strong voice in this work.

The Minister responsible for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery has issued a press release which is available here.

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