Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow 'resilience' in Canterbury
A $6 million fund to help communities in and around Christchurch recover from the earthquakes has been launched.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said the Government and the Christchurch City Council would put $1 million each into the Community Resilience Partnership Fund per year for the next three years.
The money was to support "the growth of resilience in the community" in Christchurch and surrounding areas.
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Coleman said research showed people in the region were still struggling after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, although there had been an overall increase "of a feeling of wellbeing".
"We've got to make sure we continue to support that," he said.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said resilience, technically, meant the capacity to bounce back into shape after an adverse event.
"We know that the communities that did best after the earthquakes were the communities that were already connected to each other," Dalziel said.
"A resilient community … has the capacity to work in relationship with other people in that community who can provide support and assistance to each other."
The Lyttelton Harbour Timebank, which Dalziel used as an example of something that could get funding, encouraged people to share their skills through an exchange system.
"That is what grows community, because what it means is that people know each other in the community [and] they work together on a project," she said.
Asked what the criteria for getting funding would be, Dalziel said the council would be "reaching out" to communities already working on proposals, such as Lyttelton.
"In South Brighton the community came to us with a proposal to build their own community centre, not for the council to build it for them.
"Those sorts of projects are something that we would explore, but this is for greater Christchurch too," she said.