First CERA project announced for Christchurch

Warwick Isaacs

Enhancing areas around the Avon River is the first anchor project in Christchurch’s central city rebuild.

It is also a project which appears to have universal public acceptance.

The Central City Development Unit of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is calling for expressions of interest.

CCDU chief executive Warwick Isaacs says the proposal calls for design, cost control and project management professionals.

When a shortlist list has been identified, the CCDU will seek their detailed proposals, he says in a prepared media statement.

Mr Isaacs says these proposals will need to address the designs outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, and the need for fast tracking work and the multiple construction stages using multiple contractors.

“The values of Ngai Tahu will also need to be reflected in the design, given the strong and important relationship the runanga has with the Avon River,” he says.

Construction on the river precinct is expected to begin this summer and be completed by 2014.

“But at this stage, we are just telling people to let us know they are keen to be part of the process.”

The proposal seeks the creation of a public space that prioritises pedestrians and recreation, and the natural and cultural heritage of Victoria Park as the heart of the precinct.

CERA is also seeking an “experienced philanthropic consultancy to link the region with opportunities offered by the variety of philanthropic and corporate organisations wanting to aid the recovery”.

The aim is to develop CERA’s strategy and framework for managing philanthropic support from local, national and international organisations.

“There are a number of trusts, corporations and individuals who have offered financial support. But these opportunities need to be co-ordinated. The role requires in-depth knowledge of and experience with this sector of the community in order to tap into what is on offer,” CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says.

Prospective candidates will need to be available to start work from October 15.

Details of both proposals are available on the government tendering service website,

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“The values of Ngai Tahu will also need to be reflected in the design, given the strong and important relationship the runanga has with the Avon River,” he says.

Went to school in Chch and never had a single Ngai Tahu or Maori kid in my class from start to finish. This silly nonsense is utterly ridiculous.


Mr Wilkinson it might depend on which school you attended. I too went to school in Christchurch and lots of my schoolmates were Ngai Tahu. But then, that was on the east side; the poor part of town. Herrings, eels, trout, whitebait and ducks from that river supplimented their and my family's house keeping on a regular basis.


Knowing the high calibre of Mr Hutching's usual commentary, I'll bet his antenna was fair twitching while being presented with the spin & bulldust from Cera as per this latest piece; hence the need for several quotes from the players.
As for my perspective "Philanthropic support" and "The values of Ngai Tahu" what strange bedfellows in the one article, one giving and the other taking as always it seems more likely.


The CERA strategy and process is a recipe for disaster and a very costly one.

It will result in a lot of putea ( money ) for Ngai Tahu and its advisors and jobs for the old boys club including Fletchers, Boffa Miskel etc

CERA mights well just write a few cheques direct to them now


Why don't we just cut to the chase and let Ngai Tahu get on with the job? After all they own the riverbank, the water, and within a few years the wind puffing over it, and probably a few years after that the sun and the moon shining on it, even the clouds colouring it. The only thing they don't have, and that they'll have to buy in, is the brains to do the job. Or is there a Treaty of Waitangi claim in the pipeline for those as well?


Excuse me for being rude.....but..........

(a) How much is it all going to cost ?


(b) Whos paying for it ?

It would be appreciated if Sutton and Issacs could spare us the pandering to the troughers at Ngai Tahu.

I suggest journalists ask the long suffering Ngai Tahu members (e.g. at Rapaki) how "generous their "elite" were to those experiencing losses as a result of the earthquakes.


expressions of interest what a rubbish they know how is going to get the job.


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