Well Christchurch, it is time to stand on your own two feet

via 3 News

via 3 News


Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been given a new title, effective immediately.

He’s become Minister Supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, a change Prime Minister John Key says makes the Government’s responsibilities clear.

“The passing of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act and the disestablishment of CERA marks a new phase,” Mr Key said today.

“The Government is moving more towards a supporting role and the change in portfolio reflects that.”

A new organisation, Regenerate Christchurch, is in the process of taking over from CERA.

It’s a joint operation run by the Government and Christchurch City Council, but it will eventually be fully controlled by the council.

Minister Supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration is about the same kind of portfolio as the Minister of Sport and Racing or the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the sense that it doesn’t actually achieve much other than to signal the government cares enough to have a portfolio on it and will make an occasional appearance, do a speech or make sure outside resources meet outside needs where a little facilitation is in order.

But, in the end, the money’s run out as has the oversight and special legislation that made things possible.

From here on in it’s pretty much all up to ex-Labour MP and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and her eager band of beavers. Not that there is much money left for Christchurch anyway. The government has signalled clearly that it’s going to put the next load into Auckland’s train set.


– NZN via Newshub

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