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Friday marks 1000 days since the first quake

Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

30 May 2013 Media Statement

Friday marks 1000 days since the first quake

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says this Friday will be a special one for Cantabrians as it marks a thousand days since the first violent earthquake that triggered so much upheaval for the region’s people.

“To mark the milestone I’d like to thank all those who have helped in whatever capacity, from voluntary to official, in responding to the earthquakes and helping shape the recovery that is so clearly underway,” Mr Brownlee says.

“It’s not easy to comprehend the sheer scale of this event, so I’ve highlighted 100 things big and small that paint a picture of the scope of the Government’s response.

“I could list many more examples of great commitment to Canterbury at a local level and nationally,” Mr Brownlee says.

“Rebuilding Christchurch is one of this Government’s four priorities for this term and a huge amount will be done over the next 1000 days to see that achieved for the benefit of the region’s people.

“But now is a good time to reflect on just how far we’ve come, some tragic losses, and to acknowledge how much energy and passion thousands of people have put into the recovery.”


100 responses in 1000 days of action
Since 4 September 2010 we have:
1. Passed two pieces of special legislation allowing the Crown to respond appropriately to the Canterbury earthquakes
2. Established a dedicated government department, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
3. Passed 24 Orders in Council to amend or suspend laws to affect timely recovery
4. Hosted 250 public community meetings, speaking to at least 30,000 people
5. Had the Ministry of Social Development begin an outbound calling campaign to evaluate the immediate needs of older and vulnerable members of the community and get help to them. Contact was made with over 20,000 people this way in the days after the February earthquake
6. Zoned 181,000 residential properties in greater Christchurch according to degree of land damage
7. Created a website identifying residents’ land zoning, landcheck.org.nz
8. Received an incredible 5.11 million views over its first 24 hours of the landcheck.org.nz website operating
9. Hosted two expos covering insurance advice, council information and a winter wellness programme
10. Hosted a Rebuild and Recovery Expo attended by over 5000 people
11. Held 43 residential red zone land decision meetings for thousands of residents
12. Held 20 residential red zone offer workshops for hundreds of residents
13. Held 10 other red zone-related meetings
14. Held two orange zone meetings for people awaiting final zoning
15. Held six residential green zone land decision meetings to inform residents what the zoning meant for them
16. Held 43 residential green zone technical land category meetings
17. Held 21 Port Hills white zone meetings explaining the basis for investigating final zoning
18. Held 15 Accessible City Transport briefings for members of the public
19. Held 15 special workshops with professional and technical experts on a range of issues related to geology, geotechnical investigations and information we believed the residents of greater Christchurch wanted to know
20. Produced 320 different CERA publications
21. Produced and distributed over 1 million CERA newsletters highlighting major recovery news and initiatives
22. Produced and distributed 36,000 CERA information and assistance brochures to specifically inform residents of the Crown offers, Technical Category 3 information, earthquake support services and other information about recovery
23. Translated our factsheets and brochures into seven different languages; Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Tongan
24. Sent out 6160 CERA tweets
25. Held two celebrity bike races to celebrate the re-opening of key city streets
26. Zoned 7860 homes red, as being on land unsuitable for residential occupation, and to date have entered into sales and purchase agreements with 7082 property owners
27. Carried out maintenance at 6021 residential red zone properties
28. Overseen demolition or removal of 2153 houses in the residential red zone
29. Completed vegetation scopes of 795 properties and identified 975 individual trees and plants that will stay in place
30. Planted 12 tonnes of grass seed in the CBD and the residential red zone as part of our clearance and maintenance programme
31. Removed and recycled 200,000 metres of fencing from red zone properties
32. Spent $1.2 billion purchasing residential red zone properties and been so proud to see those people moving into warm homes on safer ground – most of them still in Christchurch. That’s right, they didn’t leave!
33. Completed 30 individual cordon reductions
34. Reduced the CBD cordon by 352 hectares
35. Demolished 1470 commercial buildings across the CBD and suburbs
36. Assisted 196,000 public visitors into the Cathedral Square area via bus tours and walking tours
37. Registered 7309 cases with Earthquake Support Co-ordinators
38. Answered 13,000 calls to the 0800 Earthquake Support phone number
39. Undertaken 15,188 appointments through the Avondale and Kaiapoi earthquake assistance hubs
40. Built a temporary stadium in 100 days – a stadium which this weekend will receive its 300,000th paid customer
41. Hosted 20,000 local kids and parents at a free stadium open day with a range of fun events and refreshments
42. Ordered 301 emergency demolitions through Civil Defence
43. Established the Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS)
44. Assisted with 3392 CETAS requests for accommodation
45. Built three temporary accommodation villages with a fourth under construction, which will bring the number of dwellings available for temporary stays while houses are being repaired to 123
46. Had over 350 households stay in our temporary villages
47. Granted 2163 temporary accommodation allowances, equating to an average $333,614 being paid each week
48. Issued 97 CERA press releases
49. Issued 127 Ministerial press releases
50. Live-streamed seven press conferences
51. Responded to over 4500 individual media enquires
52. Conducted a Wellbeing Survey in conjunction with local councils, the Canterbury District Health Board, and Ngai Tahu which 2381 residents completed
53. Published the Wellbeing Survey’s results and put in place initiatives to address areas identified as needing greater effort
54. Co-ordinated 70 ‘Summer of Fun’ events over summers of 2011 and 2012 for kids and families hit by the quakes, many of them in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs
55. Received 682 Facebook likes for the ‘Summer of Fun’ events, and 2874 likes on the main CERA page
56. Hosted over 30,000 local kids and parents at those ‘Summer of Fun’ events
57. Hosted 200 emergency services personnel and their families at a Christmas lunch
58. Posted 158 educational and informational videos on the CERA website, ranging from five minutes to two hours in duration, resulting in 230,237 individual viewings
59. Had 521 of those videos shared by viewers through their own social media channels
60. Got agreements in place to purchase $228 million worth of central city land so we can build the anchor projects identified in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
61. Got contracts or agreements in principle now achieved for 43.4 per cent of the total land area required for the anchor projects
62. Reached final settlement on 31 CBD properties required for the city’s rebuild
63. Signed contracts for the purchase of a further 33 properties
64. And reached agreement in principle with the owners of another 48 properties
65. Spent $231.6 million on CBD land purchases required for rebuilding the city
66. Begun construction on the first phase of the Avon River Precinct
67. Got seven onsite Development Plans approved for the CBD’s Retail Precinct
68. Completed a draft concept design of the East Frame – one of the priority anchor projects in the CBD
69. Released an Expression of Interest document for potential tenants of the city’s Innovation Precinct
70. Sent 1100 big yellow Amazing Place resource packs to Canterbury school children so they could compete in designing what we think will be the coolest kids’ playground anywhere in the world
71. Had 6000 Canterbury children take part in the Amazing Place Playground Competition – and we thank every single one of them
72. Announced that the playground will be named in honour of the amazing children’s author Margaret Mahy ONZ
73. Completed over 96,000 EQC repairs in total, including emergency repairs
74. Installed 18,740 heating systems
75. Received a total of 467,135 EQC claims, 116,660 of which have been settled and closed
76. Paid out $5.3 billion in EQC claims
77. Established the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), an alliance of CERA, Christchurch City Council, NZ Transport Agency, as well as City Care, Downer, Fletcher, Fulton Hogan and McConnell Dowell, to fix Christchurch’s destroyed underground water and wastewater infrastructure, and the battered roads
78. Completed 257 SCIRT projects worth $122 million dollars
79. Laid 23 km of fresh water pipe – that’s 33 per cent of the fresh water damage repaired
80. Laid 161 km of wastewater pipe – 24 per cent of the damage
81. Laid 10 km of storm water pipe – 40 per cent of required repairs
82. Laid 211,083 square metres of road pavement – that’s only 16 per cent of the work to be done
83. Had 8978 face-to-face interactions with locals about SCIRT work
84. Distributed 1382 SCIRT work notices to 353,637 residents
85. Got another 129 SCIRT projects worth $467 million dollars underway
86. Issued 33,000 CERA passes to individuals
87. Issued 1500 of those CERA passes for access to the residential red zone
88. Issued over 200,000 renewals of CERA passes
89. Held 18 elected members’ meetings for 120 councillors, community board members, CDHB members, Ngai Tahu representatives and Environment Canterbury commissioners
90. Received 1958 letters to the Minister and 1377 letters to CERA’s chief executive
91. Responded to 22 oral and 197 written Parliamentary questions about earthquake recovery
92. Received 593 requests under the Official Information Act
93. Funded dozens of key exporters to rapidly visit their key clients overseas so they knew their businesses were open, and how much their custom would help the recovery. This resulted in a continued flow of business, and in some cases resulted in new business
94. Directly supported 8000 businesses and 63,500 individuals (employees and sole traders)
95. Paid $214 million in wage subsidies following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes, which bought businesses time to adjust to the events and avoided massive redundancies which would have caused great harm to Christchurch’s economy
96. Established the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, which has raised over $100 million in pledged and received funds and has funded more than 100 projects so far
97. Helped bring business back to the CBD by launching the Re:START container mall project, with a $3.36 million interest-free loan from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to help fund it
98. Completed the Government share offer of Mighty River Power, which raised $1.7 billion for the Future Investment Fund, which will help fund important rebuild activities including more than $900 million in new capital funding for Christchurch including the Christchurch and Burwood hospitals redevelopment, funding for the justice and emergency services precinct, and tertiary education institutions
99. Announced a $600 million plus redevelopment of the Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals, with the Government contributing $426 million towards it
100. Announced the Government is investing $1 billion in restoring and renewing the education sector in greater Christchurch, including building or rebuilding 16 schools


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