Christchurch in top 100 'resilient' cities

Last updated 07:03 04/12/2013

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Christchurch has been selected as "one of the 100 Resilient Cities" in the world.

United States-based The Rockefeller Foundation today announced that Christchurch is now part of a global network of urban areas focused on "building resilience".

Foundation President Judith Rodin congratulated Christchurch, saying it would soon be able to better prepare for, withstand, and bounce back more effectively in the face of shocks, stresses and other vulnerabilities.

A panel of leaders from around the world chose the first group of 33 cities based on how they planned to build greater resilience, incorporate other constituents in their resilience planning and implementation, and address the needs of the poor or vulnerable.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was excited about the opportunities that being selected would create.

The council would soon draw together strategic partners - including the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, ECan, Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce, the Medical Officer of Health and Lifeline - to get everyone on board, she said.

The network would provide Christchurch with support to hire a chief resilience officer, create a resilience strategy, and receive access to tools, technical support, and resources for a comprehensive resilience plan.

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