Bombing, bushfire and earthquake experts to speak

Last updated 05:00 21/08/2011

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Home owners aghast at fee for Southern Response class action Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case Christchurch Dilemmas: Taking power back in Christchurch Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing A new job and a new town for the Johnson family after Canterbury's earthquakes Christchurch Dilemmas: Christchurch's mental health crisis Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurch's flat land red zone Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

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 www.centralcityplan.org.nz.

Ad Feedback

- Sunday Star Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content