Eight years on from the first earthquake, we take a look back at all the things we've achieved so far for Canterbury and its people. Check it out...
Progress in the central city has been slow and uncoordinated. In Budget 2018 we delivered on our promise to speed things up and provided $300 million in an Acceleration Fund for the Canterbury recovery. This was a much needed shot in the arm and will help deliver projects such as the Metro Sports Facility and the completion of the stadium.
- Began establishing Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal
People have waited too long to have their claims resolved, which is why the Government is establishing a Tribunal which will enable homeowners to resolve long-standing residential insurance claims including with Southern Response or the Earthquake Commission. The Tribunal will have the ability to award costs or general damages, and will provide Cantabrians with closure and help people move on with their lives.
- Put mental health workers in schools
The wellbeing of Cantabrians is a priority for this Government, because we’ve seen first-hand the significant impact that the earthquakes sequence has had on our communities.Mental health professionals, counsellors and community workers will help children living with the legacy of the earthquakes, which is part of a three year $28 million programme to have support available to all primary and intermediate age school children in Canterbury and Kaikōura.
- Secured more hospital car parking
Lack of carparking at Christchurch Hospital was creating real problems for hospital staff, which was why we announced that more than 200 temporary car parks will be provided for Christchurch Hospital staff at the Metro Sports Facility. The temporary parks will help take the pressure off and ensure the safety of staff while more permanent solutions are investigated.
As part of Budget 2018, we are launching a public inquiry into the performance of EQC during these earthquakes. It’s important to get to the bottom of what went wrong, so that we’re better prepared for future disasters, and will allow the people of Canterbury to ensure that their voices are heard.
- Revived stalled anchor projects
We stopped the the $75 million blowout and delays in the delivery of the Metro Sports Facility. By scrapping the early contractor involvement and partnering with the Council to review options for the project, we’ve gotten progress back on track while saving millions of dollars for the taxpayer.
- Worked towards reinstating the Cathedral
Following complex negotiations, we reached an agreement on the Joint Venture terms of the Cathedral's reinstatement. We’re looking forward to one day seeing the Cathedral connected again to the Square in a vibrant way and functioning for worship and spiritual purposes, as well as offering an attractive, safe and viable space for civic and other functions.
- Saved the Residential Advisory Service
The support that the Residential Advisory Service (RAS) has provided to thousands of claimants has been invaluable and it’s crucial that Cantabrians can continue to access help through it. We extended the funding when we first took office and again in 2018, and we’re now looking into scaling up the service to help claimants access independent psycho-social support, recognising the enormous emotional toll that these claims processes can have on individuals.
Invested in Christchurch schools
We committed to additional funding for $13.7 million to rebuild Redcliffs school, bridign the gap between what was originally budgeted for Redcliffs School in the rebuild programme and what is required now. Once complete, the school will have top quality learning spaces for students and staff.
- Utilised the Red Zone to boost endangered bee population
The Residential Red Zone will become the new breeding ground for the embattled global bee population. After an extended search for appropriate and safe areas to place and grow beehives, we have been able to use the red zone to protect and grow our native bee stocks. The first trial involves 10 beehives with around 600,000 bees at a Dallington location, but that number of locations can be increased in the future.
- Launched the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolutions Service (GCCRS)
The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS) has been established to provide homeowners a free to access, impartial pathway to settle their claims. Our new one stop shop will provide independent case management to bring together fast tracked claims handling, specialist engineering support, psychosocial support, and legal expertise to help resolve claims.