Govt to introduce earthquake regeneration Bill

  • 20/10/2015
Gerry Brownlee (3 News / Simon Wong)
Gerry Brownlee (3 News / Simon Wong)

The Government has introduced a Bill to Parliament that puts in place the legislation around Christchurch's next recovery phase.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says it's time to move on and replace the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act.

"When we passed the CER Act in 2011 we were responding to a national disaster, with significant loss of life and massive damage to houses, commercial buildings and infrastructure," he said.

"Almost five years on it's time for this form of extraordinary legislation to be replaced, so we can continue to progress in a new way."

The new way was announced last month, when the government and Christchurch City Council said they had agreed on "a unique partnership" to oversee the city's post-quake regeneration.

A joint entity funded by the government and the council will be established.

It will be tasked with overseeing the long-term development and enhancement of the city, the residential red zone, New Brighton and other potential regeneration zones.

There's no provision under current legislation for the shared responsibility, which is why Mr Brownlee has brought the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill to Parliament.

It will be given its first reading on Thursday.

NZN