CCDU to hire new managers

09:16, Jul 31 2013

More grunt is being brought in to boost the rebuild in a Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) restructure.

In changes announced this afternoon, the unit will hire new managers to focus on anchor project delivery, capital investment and communications.

''We're putting more focus on those areas and bringing quite a lot more people in to do the donkey work,'' CCDU director Warwick Isaacs said.

''We are a year on; we know what we need to do and we are resourcing up.''

The restructuring comes as the unit turns a year old and a new cost-sharing arrangement between the Crown and the Christchurch City Council begins.

The announcement follows calls for changes by city leaders who criticised the unit's understanding of investment and business realities, and inadequate communication.

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Isaacs remains at the helm of the CCDU, leading existing staffers Greg Wilson as general manager of project delivery and Don Miskell as general manager of design and planning, and the new managers yet to be appointed.

James Hay, general manager of capital, investment and insurance recoveries, has resigned to take up another role in the public service.

Twelve new jobs, including the management roles, have been advertised on the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) website today.

The first appointments will be confirmed by the end of August.

Four positions have gone, and those staff will take other jobs within the unit's parent body, Cera, or return to previous positions.

Two new units will be set up within the CCDU - the Greater Christchurch Investment Strategy and Greater Christchurch Commercial Strategy.

The Press