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Last reviewed: Fri, 07 Sep 2012

Christchurch earthquakes

Latest information on Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks

Forward schedule for the horizontal infrastructure rebuild - 7 September 2012

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced the forward schedule for the horizontal infrastructure rebuild.

Repair work has been ongoing since the earthquakes and residents can now find out when roads and underground pipes are going to be repaired in their neighbourhoods.

View the map of works and six-month detailed schedule at

Read the media release issued about the announcement.

Background on the Christchurch earthquake - 22 February, 2011

The Government declared a State of National Emergency in New Zealand on the day following the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake which remained in place for almost nine weeks. The city shifted from emergency response to recovery and the Christchurch City Council is working closely with Central Government's Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and other agencies.

CERA leads the Recovery Strategy, policy and planning, and the Council continues to be responsible for regular Council-related matters in the most part and the coordination of the Central City Plan.

The New Zealand Government and Christchurch City Council are leading the rebuild of Christchurch's earthquake-damaged roads and underground pipes.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team has been set up to deliver the rebuild. You can find out about what's happening online at


CERA is responsible for all individual building inquiries; cordon management including access schemes for business, temporary and residents; demolitions, including debris management; the Cashel Mall Re:Start project; and business communications which will be shared with Councils.

The Council is responsible for earthquake-prone building policy; heritage; resource consents; LIMs and PIMs; CBD business putrescence cleaning; and flood protection.

Economic Recovery

CERA is responsible for economic recovery coordination and skills/workforce planning.

The Department of Labour is responsible for the Labour market.


Responsibilities for welfare remains with the following government agencies:

Welfare rebuild coordination - CERA

Welfare/employment assistance - Ministry of Social Development

Temporary Housing - Department of Building and Housing

Health messaging coordination - Canterbury District Health Board

Education - Ministry of Education

Emergency repairs - Earthquake Commission (EQC)

Heating installation - EQC


Insurance claims and issues are the responsibility of EQC, Insurance Council New Zealand and insurance companies.

Individual projects

CERA is responsible for land remediation and will share the responsibility of the hillside suburbs with the Council.

CERA's Christchurch Central Development Unit is responsible for the Central City.

Public Information and website links

The general public can continue to call (03) 941 8999 for all enquiries and check the following website for updates:, and other agency websites.


Authorising Unit: Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Last reviewed: Friday, 7 September 2012

Next review: Saturday, 7 September 2013

Keywords: christchurch, earthquake