Christchurch, four years on

Today marks four years since the September 4, 2010 earthquake, the first in an 18 month earthquake sequence which devastated Canterbury. The Press reports that in the last four years, the Canterbury region has experienced 4558 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater.

The Press has also provided up to date statistics on the progress of red zone settlements, central city demolitions and repair of social housing.

In the same article, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Peter Townsend states that Christchurch is only 10% into the physical rebuild, but remains positive about where the city is heading. Further community leaders, including Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Student Army founder Sam Johnson,  are also using the fourth anniversary to look back at how far the region has actually come – click here for their views.

We summarise briefly below further significant developments for the region that occurred this week:

  • Prime Minister John Key announced in Christchurch on Tuesday that, if National is elected, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) would become an agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from February 1 next year. The change is made with a view to winding back CERA’s role, and planning for the handover of programmes to government agencies or local government.
  • Following expert analysis from engineering firm BECA, New Zealand police announced on Tuesday that they have enough information to warrant criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of the CCTV building in the February 22, 2011 quake. Manslaughter, criminal negligence and criminal nuisance are some of the charges being considered.
  • A Cameron Partners report commissioned by the Christchurch City Council says the Council may need to find an additional $783 million to $883 million by 2019 in order to manage the financial challenges arising from the earthquakes. The Council begins public consultation on partial asset sales today.

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