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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  • LesleyNZ

    Surely the government would not be so stupid to put our money into Len Brown’s train set. Before they do they need to appoint someone to sit at the Greenlane rail station all day and all night and check out the patronage of the trains. I saw 2 trains go by heading south at 7:00 pm almost one after another and hardly anyone in them. The government would be better to put money into building some flyover lanes along and in line with the southern motorway to ease congestion on the southern motorway. That is where the real traffic problem is – not in the city centre. The all day motorway congestion can not be ignored anymore. Len’s train set will have no effect on the motorway congestion. Trades people, truck drivers, company reps, etc can not use public transport.

  • Disinfectant

    CERA was a disaster.
    Does anyone now remember Roger Sutton and his fall from grace. Well, there was more to this than we will ever know.
    CERA was hell-bent on protecting the property values of a few very large land-holders in the CBD.
    CERA bought up large tracts of land (at taxpayers expense) in order to promote and establish the “anchor projects”. By buying up this land at values way in excess of their market value has now resulted in a number of anchor projects stalling, simply because there is no chance of a commercial return.
    CERA closed down the CBD with a massive cordon that was not lifted from the central part until 2 years and 3 months later.
    CERA should never, ever have got involved in interfering in the private market.

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