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Key Notes - Rebuild gaining momentum


Key Notes - Rebuild gaining momentum

Every time I visit Canterbury I am struck by the changes I see and inspired by the resolve of the region's people. Today was no different.

I delivered a speech outlining some of the great work being done to rebuild the region and how this work is driving the economy.

The Government's contribution to the rebuild will be around $15 billion. We are paying around $9 million every day in rebuild invoices.

We are committed to the rebuild of our second largest city.

And there is no better example of this than the residential red zone.

This is an area around four times the size of Hagley Park. More than 7300 flat land properties in Christchurch and Kaiapoi were red zoned because of the earthquakes.

We want to hear from the community about what happens with this land.

The land has been severely damaged, but we can still find new ways to use it.

That is why I and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today the public will have a say on the future use of red zone land.

Whether the red zone is used for parks, playing fields, cycleways, or any other innovative ideas, we want to hear from Cantabrians.

Finally, I'm looking forward to spending the Easter weekend with the family. I hope you have a safe and happy Easter too.

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