Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
|Headquarters||Level 8, HSBC House,
62 Worcester Blvd,
|Annual budget||Vote Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Total budget for 2015/16
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) (Māori: Te Mana Haumanu ki Waitaha) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with coordinating the rebuild of Christchurch and the 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. The department is expected to operate for five years, with annual reviews.
CERA's former CEO Roger Sutton commenced on 13 June 2011. He was previously CEO of Orion New Zealand, the electricity distribution company for the Christchurch area. Sutton resigned as CEO on 17 November 2014 effective on 31 January 2015 when CERA is downgraded from a public service department to a departmental agency within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. John Ombler, CERA's establishment CEO was appointed on 19 November 2014 effective on 1 December to be Acting CEO until a permanent Chief Executive is named. CERA has received criticism for paying panel members $1000 per day, approximately 10 times the national average.
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.
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.
A public consultation on the organisation's transport plan closed on 1 February 2013. As of October 2013, Cabinet had not signed off on the plan.
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