Cera's recovery plan to be unveiled

MICHAEL BERRY
Last updated 14:44 05/12/2012
Steve Wakefield is the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) General Manager for Economic Recovery.

Steve Wakefield is the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) general manager for economic recovery.

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The man who tomorrow will unveil an economic recovery programme for Christchurch has been named the nation's top chartered accountant.

Steve Wakefield, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) general manager of economic recovery, has spent the best part of this year heading the creation of Cera's economic recovery programme.

The programme, signed off by Cera and Cabinet will be released tomorrow.

It will outline a path for economic recovery, which parts of the economy will be focused on and how progress will be measured.

Smaller manufacturing companies, service providers, tourism and retail sectors where job numbers and production have suffered are thought to need the most support.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will unveil the programme at Addington Racecourse tomorrow afternoon.

Wakefield was named New Zealand's top accountant at the  New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants annual leadership awards in Christchurch last night.

It was the first time he had been in the running for the award, after being nominated by an anonymous advocate, he said.

''I certainly didn't go looking for it, but it's actually good that they do this.

''It was frustrating that tall New Zealand's tall poppy syndrome meant much of the country's success was not celebrated," he said.

Institute chief executive Terry McLaughlin said Wakefield was the epitome of best-practice accounting and been a service to the city through his work with Cera and other community organisations.

In his awards speech, he encouraged accountants to use their skills to help organisations and other causes.

''People should measure their success by how much they give back to the community,'' he said.

Halfway through last year, Wakefield took time out from from his job as managing partner of Deloitte Christchurch to join Cera.

He was part of the team that came up with the Christchurch Central Development Unit as an appropriate tool for Government intervention and said he was pleased with how the city was faring.

''The rebuild is well under way and the next five to 10 years will see Christchurch grow and prosper in an exciting direction.''

Wakefield is also a board member for YHA New Zealand youth hostels, Canterbury Cricket, the Court Theatre, and the Church Property Trustees which is responsible for 250 Canterbury Anglican buildings.

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