Bombing, bushfire and earthquake experts to speak

Last updated 05:00 21/08/2011

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Experts from around the world are coming to Christchurch next weekend to share their experiences of redeveloping cities devastated by disaster.

Leading the lineup is Sir Richard Leese, who oversaw the 10-year regeneration of Manchester after the 1996 IRA bombing, and Charles Eadie, who led the group which implemented the recovery after the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said he hoped the community would be inspired by those who had helped communities destroyed by disasters.

"Christchurch has seen enough devastation in the past year to last a lifetime. For many, the continuing severity of the aftershocks offers little hope. What these speakers will show is that with good planning, a degree of tenacity, and a strong sense of community, we can overcome this adversity."

Other experts lined up to speak include Kerry O'Neill, who helped rebuild communities devastated by the 2009 Australian bushfires, and Harvard University's Douglas Ahlers, who has advised San Francisco and Los Angeles on recovery and resiliency planning.

Each speaker will discuss their thoughts on the draft plan. For details go to

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