Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Key recommendations from CCC meeting

Key recommendations from today’s Committee of the Whole meeting

Christchurch City Council’s Earthquake Recovery Committee of the Whole held its first meeting of 2014 today. Following were the key matters considered and recommendations the Committee will make to the Council:

Proposed change to Council’s building occupancy policy: The committee will recommend to the Council that the threshold for closing Council-owned buildings that have undergone a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) assessment should be revised. All non-residential buildings that are assessed as having a seismic capacity of less than 34 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS) are currently closed following a Detailed Engineering Evaluation.

The policy was introduced in December 2011 following the Canterbury earthquakes.
The Committee will recommend that, in future, only buildings that are under 34 per cent of the NBS with significant damage should not be occupied.

It will also recommend that a specialist engineering panel should be set up to provide recommendations on the occupancy of Council buildings that are below 34 per cent of the NBS with a brittle collapse mechanism (defined as a part of a building which, on failure, could lead to a collapse). Buildings that fit into this category but are deemed fit to occupy by the engineering panel will also remain open.

The recommendation will be made to the 27 February Council meeting. If it is accepted, a review will be carried out of the 236 buildings that are currently closed to determine if they can re-open. The proposed change would bring the Council’s policy more into line with advice from the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment and the approach from other large organisations.

Natural Environment Recovery Programme (NERP) Progress Report: the Committee received the report and recommended that updates on the programme are provided to the Committee of the Whole each month as well as to the relevant Community Boards with the NERP programme leader or Council staff attending Board meetings as appropriate.

Protocol with Eastern Vision: the Committee recommended the Council approve and sign the engagement protocol with Eastern Vision and that the main point of contact be with the Hagley/Ferrymead and Burwood/Pegasus Community Boards, under a joint arrangement to be determined.

Land Use Recovery Plan update: the Committee deferred discussion of the update to a future meeting which will be attended by Hon Gerry Brownlee, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister.

Terms of Reference for all Committees: the Committee will recommend to the Council that it approves the terms of reference and delegations for the Committee of the Whole, with the amendment that 100 Resilient Cities and Major Heritage Buildings be added to its responsibilities, and responsibility for Facilities Rebuild be transferred to the Community Committee.

Rob Hall of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust presented to the Committee on the status of heritage sites in the city and the need to continue to work with Council staff, building owners and developers to ensure as much as possible of the city’s heritage is retained.

David Rutherford, the Chief Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission, presented to the Committee on its report, Human Rights in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery. The Chief Commissioner said these are the greatest human rights issues facing New Zealand today, and that people and their psycho-social recovery needed to be at the centre of the process.

Taz Mukorombindo, Chief Executive of Canterbury Business Association, presented on the Association’s project to establish the Christchurch International Hub, a market for local ethnic businesses to set up stalls which aims to bring people back into the central city. The Committee asked staff to start working with the Association to look into where things stand with the proposal for temporary vacant space, and for the Association to come back to the Committee in two months to report on progress.

Evan Smith of Avon-Otakaro Network presented on the need for funding festivals and events outside the Central Business District, and his proposal for Council support for the Spring River Festival in November. The Committee outlined a number of channels for the Network to apply for support from the Council.


- ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: A Govt. Christmas Bad News Dump -The Skycity Convention Center Blowout & A Negative MBIE Review

If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about at Christmas time – which is, traditionally, the dumping ground for terrible news that the government fervently hopes the public will be too distracted to notice. And so verily this Christmas Eve we learn of (a) the explosion of costs to the taxpayer and ratepayer of the vile SkyCity convention centre in Auckland and that (b) the government’s flagship MBIE “super-ministry” run by its Minister of Everything is a disaster zone of incompetence and mismanagement. MBIE is a Titanic looking for an iceberg, or so it would seem. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news