Info updates: CERA and Southern Response

CERA have released the December issue (N0. 16) of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update. You can download a copy from here. Issues covered include:

  • 2012 – The recovery, Canterbury-style
  • Have your say on transport planning for the central city
  • A brief summary of An Accessible City, the draft Transport Plan
  • Security and safety in the residential red zone over the holidays
  • Support services over the Christmas and New Year period
  • SCIRT’s first full year as the infrastructure rebuild team
  • Land acquisition
  • What EQC is doing to settle land claims
  • Global opportunity to find solutions for Christchurch
  • New resource to assist Cantabrians with financial issues
  • and updates from Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, and Waimakariri District Council

Southern Response have released their first annual report.  A copy can be downloaded from here. .

CERA release of the October edition of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update

CERA have released the October issue of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update (here). The more or less useful contents cover:

  • Update from the Christchurch central Development Unit
  • Online Wellbeing Survey
  • Port Hills rockroll zoning decisions
  • SCIRT update
  • EQC: Canterbury home repair process
  • CDHB: Christchurch Hospital redevelopment
  • Environment Canterbury: living with demolition dust in Christchurch
  • Community support for Burwood residents
  • and updates from Christchurch City Council, Selwyn district Council, and Waimakariri District Councils

Greater Christchurch Recovery Update – Issue 13

CERA have published the September edition of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update. An online version is here. Issues covered are:

  • Support for a new Christchurch central city
  • Welcoming New Zealand’s Olympians
  • Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
    • Land acquisition
    • Papa o Otakaro/Avon River Precinct
    • Invest Christchurch
  • Survey to gauge Cantabrians’ wellbeing
  • Residential red zone homeowners meet an important deadline
  • New start for long-time Southshore couple
  • “Cathedral Conversations”
  • Southshore residents take the lead in their own recovery
  • Central city punting returns
  • And updates from:
    • Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
    • Roger Sutton, CERA Chief Executive
    • Ngāi Tahu
    • SCIRT
    • EQC
    • Environment Canterbury
    • Christchurch City Council
    • Selwyn District Council
    • Waimakariri District Council

CERA – Greater Christchurch Recovery Update

CERA yesterday published the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, an 8 page newsletter. There is a little bit about the proposal for an Avon River Park, an update on drainage at Halswell, and the rolling out of Fibre Broadband from next month (Halswell and Aidanfield first, followed by Bishopdale/Papanui).

Other articles include:

  • The recovery strategy
  • Christchurch Central Development Unit
  • Proposed Avon River Park
  • Places, spaces and connections
  • SCIRT update
  • ECAN update
  • EQC drilling
  • Top 10 tips to keep warm
  • Shake, rattle and record
  • Councils update

You can download a copy from here. Those interested in Fibre Broadband can find Enable here.
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Cathedral update – clarifying misunderstandings about the Transitional (Cardboard) Cathedral

Coverage of activities around the Cathedral, funding applications, money to build the Transitional Cathedral, and the safety of the remaining structure is at best patchy. Views expressed are often high on emotion and short on substance. These views are recorded uncritically in the media and the result is an unbalanced and incorrect record.

The May issue of Cathedral Extra (available here) has, on page 7, the following item

Misunderstandings Clarified

Recent articles in The Press appear to have caused some misunderstandings about the Transitional Cathedral.

  • No ratepayers’ money is being sought for building the Transitional Cathedral. The Diocese of Christchurch has approved $4 million from insurance monies. Final detailed costings are being undertaken at the moment, and the build budget will be strictly controlled. The Cathedral is not seeking and will not seek any funding from the Christchurch City Council to pay for the building of the Transitional Cathedral.
  • For the ten year period up to 2011/2012, the Cathedral received CCC funding for two reasons: in acknowledgement of the civic functions, concerts and exhibitions that the Cathedral undertakes (e.g. ANZAC Day Citizens’ Service, Kidsfest, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Antarctic Festival Service and many others) and for the use of the Cathedral land in the Square for civic events (like welcomes for visiting dignitaries and New Year’s Eve celebrations.) We did not apply for CCC funding in 2011/2012 because the Cathedral was too badly damaged to undertake civic functions and there was no public access to Cathedral land in the Square.
  • We are seeking a CCC Metropolitan grant in 2012/2013 because we anticipate that the Transitional Cathedral will undertake some of the same civic functions as the Cathedral in the Square. In addition we hope it will stimulate tourism, encourage people to return to the central city, and support the rebuild of Christchurch as a whole. The CCC have, of course, every right to turn down the funding application, although we trust that they will judge it on its merits.
  • Council funding in the past has been on the basis of use of the Cathedral for civic events and public use of Cathedral land only. CCC have never asked for a role in the governance of the building –that remains vested in the Cathedral Chapter, the Standing Committee of the Diocese and CPT as the buildings owners, and it was their duty to make the decision about the future of the building after the CERA S38 notice.
  • A Transitional Cathedral will not postpone or slow down the building of a cathedral in the Square. It will offer a home, a place of worship and a house of prayer for the Cathedral Community for the next ten years. After this, the building will continue to serve as a home for the parish of St John’s, Latimer Square.
  • Many in the Diocese and beyond have been married or ordained or installed in the Cathedral. Others have worked for hours to create a floral carpet or have slipped in for a noon Eucharist or simply to pause in the midst of a busy day to remember God’s love and mercy. Every Christmas children would come to place a gift under the Christmas tree and whole classes would sing their song on the chancel steps. There have been concerts and memorial services; civic occasions and times of corporate sorrow and grief when hundreds have gone to the Cathedral for solace. It is with very heavy hearts that we make the decision about lowering the Cathedral walls for the sake of safety. We continue to pray for all who are broken hearted about this decision and look forward to a time when we are able to gather again in the heart of the city.

The Ven. Lynda Patterson, Acting Dean of the Cathedral
Rev Craig Dixon, Cathedral Marketing & Development Mgr
The Rt. Rev.Victoria Matthews, Bishop