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Christchurch rebuild plan formalised

New Zealand earthquake recovery minister Gerry Brownlee has this week unveiled a new blueprint for rebuilding earthquake-damaged central Christchurch.

The recovery plan will consist of a series of anchor projects, such as a new stadium and convention centre.

The city was devastated by February 2011’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake.

Government agency the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) developed the plans and hopes the anchor projects will attract private investment to help rebuild the centre. A 28m height limit has also been imposed on new developments to create a “garden city”.

Recovery plans will now be taken forward by Cera’s Christchurch Central Development Unit. Director Warwick Issacs said the city centre rebuild is likely to cost between NZ$6bn and NZ$7bn (£3.3bn and £3.7bn), of which it is hoped around 80% will come from the private sector.

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