Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Launch of the Canterbury Economic Recovery Programme


Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

6 December 2012 Speech Notes



Launch of the Canterbury Economic Recovery Programme, Addington Raceway, Christchurch

Today’s launch of the Economic Recovery Programme is an opportunity to reflect on how far Canterbury has come since the earthquakes, and the many reasons we have to be optimistic about the region’s future.

It’s an incredible testament to the resilience of the business community that based on recent estimates regional GDP for Canterbury has bounced back to pre-earthquake levels.

Economic activity data has shown Canterbury to be the fastest growing region in New Zealand over the past 18 months, and the rebuild proper is only just beginning.

Here are some of the highlights:

In the latest Household Labour Force Survey unemployment fell from 5.5 per cent to 5.2 per cent; our total labour force rose while jobless numbers declined.

Canterbury is now recording positive inward migration. Official estimates are that the population of greater Christchurch has fallen by less than 2 per cent since the quakes, while Selwyn has grown by 6.9 per cent, and Waimakariri has grown by 3.3 per cent.

Not only are people choosing to stay, Canterbury leads the way in optimism. A net 36 per cent of households expect mainly good economic times in the year ahead.

The growth of consumer spending in the last year is the highest of any region in New Zealand. According to Paymark’s October data, spending in Canterbury increased by 6.5 per cent year-on-year.

Employment opportunities will continue to flow, with SCIRT identifying the need to attract 900 new entrants to the infrastructure rebuild industry over the next 12 months to support its work programme.

An additional 300 people will need to be recruited each year to cover standard attrition.

SCIRT, assisted by a number of industry providers and workplace tutors, will also provide a range of training opportunities.

As the rebuild gathers pace, construction activity continues to accelerate.

The number of building consents for new residential dwellings in Canterbury increased by 80 per cent in the 12 months to September.

And non-residential building consents grew by 81 per cent in the same period.

So Canterbury, post recovery, is going to have a solid economic platform to grow from.

The challenge is to see that we do that, and identifying the best means by which to succeed has been the role of Steve Wakefield and his Economic Recovery team inside CERA.

Before I ask Steve to speak about the Economic Recovery Programme I would like to make two points.

The first is that we’ve been very lucky to have a person of Steve’s experience and capacity inside CERA.

Having led the economic recovery team in the compilation of this plan and its work programme, Steve is leaving CERA to return to his role as managing partner at Deloitte.

And Deloitte will be very pleased to have him back, not the least because Steve has just been named chartered accountant of the year by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

That is a huge accolade Steve, and one I know is richly deserved.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your service to the recovery – we’ve been very lucky to have you on board and I know you’ll be missed by the CERA team.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Parliament Kicks Off: Carter Re-Elected Speaker

The 51st Parliament held its commission opening today with MPs sworn in and David Carter elected Speaker.

The day began at 11am with the three Royal Commissioners – the Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal President, and the Chief High Court Judge – declaring the new Parliament open.

After the Commissioners left the Chamber the swearing in of MPs took place in alphabetical order. Unlike some previous openings all MPs managed to swear on the bible or affirm their oath without any hiccups... More>>

 

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Labour Davids: Lisa Owen Interviews David Shearer

David Shearer still mulling whether to stand for Labour leadership but says his family doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Declares that it will be “incredibly divisive” for the Labour caucus if David Cunliffe returns to the role of leader. More>>

ALSO:

Taser Use & False Evidence: Timaru Officers "Failed To Follow Good Policing Practice"

The Authority found that even if Mr Reuben’s contact with the officer was deliberate it amounted to only a minor assault. While it found the use of the OC spray was justified, the use of the Taser was not a proportionate response... More>>

ALSO:

Little Surprise: Andrew Little To Contest Labour Leadership

I have decided to contest the Labour Party leadership. There are three immediate issues to deal with: creating greater cohesion across the caucus, rebuilding the relationship between caucus and the Party and, most importantly getting the process under way to listen to the voters who have abandoned us... More>>

ALSO:

Two Fewer Votes In Recount: "Positive Result" - Harawira

When I applied for a recount of the votes from the Tai Tokerau election, I made it clear that this application was not aimed at overturning the election result, but ensuring that all votes cast by Maori were treated with due respect, regardless of whether those votes are for Labour, Maori Party or MANA. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news