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The Greater Christchurch Group (GCG) is a business unit within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It was formed on 1 March 2016 to lead and coordinate central Government's ongoing role in the recovery and regeneration of greater Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

A key focus for GCG is supporting the transition of leadership of greater Christchurch from central government to local institutions.

Our vision is for greater Christchurch to be viewed as an attractive and vibrant place to live, work, visit and invest - mō tātou, ā, mō, kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us.

What we do

GCG provides policy, planning, legal and monitoring support on a broad range of recovery and regeneration issues across greater Christchurch, including:

  • advice to ministers
  • the future uses of the Christchurch and Waimakariri residential red zones
  • engaging with local leadership and the local community on regeneration issues
  • coordination and brokering across agencies involved in the regeneration of greater Christchurch
  • supporting the establishment and ongoing operation of Regenerate Christchurch - a joint central and local government entity tasked with overseeing the long-term development and enhancement of the Central City, residential red zone, New Brighton and other potential regeneration zones - and Ōtākaro Limited - established to deliver key anchor projects and precincts in Christchurch
  • monitoring and reporting on the overall progress of recovery.

GCG has also inherited specific responsibilities from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). This includes joint governance and funding of the horizontal infrastructure (underground wastewater and water pipes, and roads and bridges) earthquake repair and rebuild programme.

Working together for greater Christchurch

GCG works with colleagues across government and with Ōtākaro Limited and Regenerate Christchurch, to provide consistent and connected advice to Ministers and reports to the residents of greater Christchurch. Our approach is to provide a whole-of-government response through regular liaison with other relevant agencies and community groups.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) was initially established as a government department on 29 March 2011 to lead and coordinate the Government's response and recovery efforts following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. CERA was disestablished on 18 April 2016 as the Government transitions from leading the recovery, to establishing long-term locally led recovery and regeneration arrangements. To view archived information and publications produced by CERA, visit

Ōtākaro Limited and Regenerate Christchurch are key entities in the greater Christchurch regeneration. Other work previously done by CERA has transferred to MBIE (housing recovery and residential rebuild, and monitoring of procurement of the State sector rebuild), the Ministry of Health and the Canterbury District Health Board (psychosocial recovery) and LINZ (interim land management in the residential red zone areas and operations, demolitions and clearances in the central city).