Media Release from Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
12th April 2011
New legislation to establish the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is important recognition of the massive task ahead according to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.
The government has introduced legislation into Parliament to establish CERA and to provide it with substantial powers.
“We need to move quickly to support the financial and emotional needs of our community and ensure that we are working together toward a long-term vision for our city," says Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon. “We agree that a dedicated department is required to ensure the city is rebuilt to a leading global standard – a standard that our children and our children’s children will be proud of.”
Mr Solomon says the detail of the legislation backs up Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee’s commitment to engage with Ngai Tahu along with local government; business groups and the wider community.
“The decision to set up an authority like this is a reflection of the magnitude of the challenges ahead for Christchurch. We are pleased the government has included checks and balances in the legislation while still providing for an efficient recovery process.”
Mr Solomon reiterated that the first priority needed to be the health and wellbeing of those severely affected by the earthquake, “Thousands of families now have reduced incomes on top of substantial or catastrophic damage to their homes. People need to be warm and safe through winter and we need to be constantly thinking about what we can do to ensure this is the case.”