John Key defends CERA's PR spending

  • 10/02/2016
Prime Minister John Key (Simon Wong, file)
Prime Minister John Key (Simon Wong, file)

Prime Minister John Key doesn't have a problem with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority employing 19 communications staff.

Labour's Megan Woods says that compares with 11 in the Ministry of Education and seven in the Ministry of Health.

"CERA is meant to be closing up shop soon, but in the last financial year they had a 37 percent increase in the amount spent on public relations campaigns," she said today.

Mr Key says it's because CERA has a lot of communicating to do.

"Cantabrians want to know what's happening, how it's happening ... one of their core functions is to keep Cantabrians up to speed with what's going on and communicate with them," he told reporters.

CERA is in the process of handing over to a new organisation which will handle Canterbury's regeneration.

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