FAQ - Roles

1. The Government is leading a number of projects; why is that?

The anchor project programme is extensive and will require significant resources to deliver. To ensure the successful delivery of these projects it is reasonable to share the load between central and local government.

To recognise the significant investment central government is making in the recovery of central Christchurch, and the implications for the success of the recovery of greater Christchurch, Canterbury and the whole of New Zealand, CERA’s CCDU will lead and be accountable for the:

  • overall implementation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
  • acquisition of land for the anchor projects
  • scheduling and coordination of construction
  • facilitation of private sector led development.

CERA’s CCDU will have an oversight, facilitation and support role in:

  • development of the Frame
  • Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct with CCC, Te Rünanga o Ngāi Tahu and others
  • the delivery of the other anchor projects, as needed

CERA’s CCDU will also implement a targeted marketing strategy to attract private sector investment.

2. The Plan has been put together by CCDU. Where does CCC fit in?

CCC had a key role in the development of the Recovery Plan and will have a key role in its implementation. CCC’s draft Central City Plan and the community engagement it undertook formed the basis for the final Recovery Plan, and it has been involved in the development of the final Recovery Plan. CCC has an important role in the implementation of the Plan and the ongoing governance of the city. It will continue to be responsible for resource and building consents, and for setting rates.

3. Will CCC still be responsible for setting rates in the central city?

Yes. CCC will still have responsibility for establishing a rating policy for Christchurch, including the central city, and for collecting rates.

4. Will the CCC have to increase rates to fund its contribution to the Blueprint Proposal?

In CCC’s Draft Annual Plan 2012/13 it outlined a “Major Community Facilities Rebuild” of a similar composition to the anchor project programme in the Recovery Plan, but on a smaller scale. CCC proposed to fund these projects through a combination of bringing forward existing LTCCP Projects, reducing expenditure elsewhere, borrowing, and rates (through the Major Community Facilities Rates Charge of 2% for one year).

The Crown will commence negotiations with CCC to establish their contribution towards the Recovery Plan, taking into account CCC’s financial capability and all of the costs it faces as a consequence of the earthquake.

5. What is the role of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in the process?

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, is a statutory partner of CERA under the CER Act. It has therefore played a key role in the development of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

Christchurch, including the central city, is an area rich in Ngāi Tahu heritage. The rebuild of central Christchurch represents a unique opportunity to build a city that embraces the culture and place of Ngāi Tahu alongside European and other cultures and heritage, and reflects the multicultural reality of contemporary Otautahi/Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Representatives of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu worked closely with, and advised, the Blueprint 100 Consortium and explored opportunities for creating a city with a memory of both colonial and indigenous history and a contemporary narrative.

As a partner in the recovery of the city Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will continue to be closely involved.

6. What happens next about who pays for what?

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and CERA’s CCDU have held discussions with CCC, potential private sector investors and philanthropic sources about the implementation of the anchor projects. As the particular details including specifications of each anchor project are agreed, the funding details will be announced.

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