New Canterbury portfolio announced

Gerry Brownlee (Newshub.)
Gerry Brownlee (Newshub.)

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery portfolio is no longer, with Prime Minister John Key announcing a new Canterbury portfolio to replace it.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration will replace the recovery portfolio but its Minister will stay the same with Gerry Brownlee taking up the role.

"The rebuild of Canterbury is one of the most ambitious undertakings in New Zealand's history, and supporting the rebuild remains of one of National's main priorities," says Mr Key.

"The passing of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act and the disestablishment of CERA marks a new phase in the Canterbury rebuild."

Nicky Wagner will become Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, effective from April 11. 

"The Government is moving more towards a supporting role and the change in portfolio reflects that," says Mr Key.