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Christchurch recovery hampered by unclear leadership

Recovery efforts in Christchurch following February’s earthquake are being hampered by a lack of leadership, according a leading New Zealand engineer.

Opus engineering regional manager Glen Hughes, who is working on the rebuild, told NCE a lack of leadership clarity between the various bodies helping to rebuild the city is preventing investment.

Hughes said there needs to be more clarity of leadership between the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera), Christchurch City Council and the private sector before major investment and rebuilding can commence.

New Zealand officials set up the Cera agency to lead reconstruction efforts, but it delegated rebuilding the central business district (CBD) — badly damaged in the quake — to Christchurch City Council. Cera has released its recovery plan for the Christchurch area and the council has released a similar plan for the CBD.

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