Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

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Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority logo.jpg
Agency overview
Formed 2011
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Christchurch
Minister responsible Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Agency executive Roger Sutton, Chief Executive

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is a public service department established by the New Zealand government to coordinate the rebuilding of Christchurch and surrounding areas following the 22 February 2011 earthquake.


CERA was formed in response to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and its establishment was announced late March 2011. It has wide-ranging powers and can suspend laws and regulations for the purpose of earthquake recovery.[1] The department is expected to operate for five years, with annual reviews.[2]

CERA's CEO Roger Sutton commenced on 13 June 2011.[3] He was previously CEO of Orion New Zealand, the electricity distribution company for the Christchurch area. CERA has received criticism for paying panel members $1000 per day,[4] approximately 10 times the national average.[5]

CERA's powers were challenged in the High Court after it ordered the demolition of Wharetiki House at 854 Colombo Street. The owner of the house wanted to restore it after it had suffered damage in the February 2011 earthquake. Justice Whata dismissed the challenge on 20 June 2011, and the building was demolished the following day.[6]

As of October 2011, CERA hoped to have all of the Christchurch Central City open again in April 2012.[7]

In April 2012 the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) was established as a unit within CERA to focus on rebuilding the central business district of Christchurch.[8]

A public consultation on the organisation's transport plan closed on 1 February 2013.[9] As of October 2013, Cabinet had not signed off on the plan.


  1. ^ "New authority will deliver for Canterbury" (Press release). New Zealand Government. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Martin Kay and John Hartevelt (29 March 2011). "Five-year quake rebuild task". Stuff (Fairfax). Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Roger Sutton appointed quake recovery czar". Stuff. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Williams, David (20 August 2011). "'Outrage' over $1000 a day pay for panel". The Press. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand Income Survey: June 2011 quarter". Statistics New Zealand. 6 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Heather, Ben (27 July 2011). "Bid to save historic house fails". The Press. p. A12. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Heather, Ben (15 October 2011). "City Mall opening may be delayed". The Press. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "New unit for the rebuild of central Christchurch" (Press release). New Zealand Government. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chch residents urged to contribute to plan". 3 News NZ. 24 January 2013. 

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