Debate to address city's rebuild after Cera winds up

GLENN CONWAY
Last updated 07:47 09/01/2014

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Key players in Christchurch's recovery will publicly debate how the city's rebuild will continue after the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) starts winding up in 2016.

Unless the Government extends its powers, Cera is due to wind up in April 2016, prompting many in the city to start debating what happens to earthquake recovery issues after that. The forum, organised by One Voice Te Reo Okotahi, is scheduled for March 10.

Confirmed participants so far include Ngai Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett, Environment Canterbury commissioners chair Dame Margaret Bazley, Cera's Roger Sutton and Michelle Mitchell and the mayors of Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn, Lianne Dalziel, David Ayers and Kelvin Coe.

The forum will consider issues facing the city.

One Voice Tere Okotahi co-chairwoman Katherine Peet said the forum followed an earlier event where key groups talked about their roles and the city's recovery.

Issues arising from that event included how the Christchurch City Council and the Government would continue to relate beyond 2016, given they are partners in the cost-sharing agreement.

Peet hoped the forum would be a "free and frank discussion" about these and other issues facing the city.

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