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Disestablishment of CERA

This page directs you to the agencies to contact for information and assistance on the regeneration of greater Christchurch, along with some useful contacts.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) was 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 in Canterbury.

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.

Agencies performing CERA's functions

Some of CERA's functions have wound down and other responsibilities are now carried out by the central and local government agencies below.

The Ministry of Health and Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)

Responsible for providing support and services via the Community in Mind Strategy and Shared Programme of Action, and for monitoring and reporting on community wellbeing, including the delivery of the Community Wellbeing Index and Wellbeing Survey.

Community and Public Health
03 364 1777

Healthy Christchurch

See ‘Useful contacts’ below for who to contact for immediate wellbeing support.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Responsible for completing demolitions and land clearances (mainly in the Port Hills) and interim land management in the residential red zones. 
0800 665 463

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Responsible for supporting the remaining residential rebuild and monitoring the public sector rebuild.
04 901 1499

Ōtākaro Limited

Responsible for delivering the Crown-led anchor projects and precincts in Christchurch. 
03 357 6300

Regenerate Christchurch

Responsible for developing regeneration plans and strategies in the central city, residential red zone, New Brighton and other potential regeneration areas. Note that Regenerate Christchurch was disestablished on 30 June 2020.

The Greater Christchurch Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)

Responsible for policy, planning, legal and monitoring support on a range of recovery and regeneration issues across the greater Christchurch region. Note that the Greater Christchurch Group was disestablished on 29 January 2021.

My Property

The My Property search tool, which allows you to search your property address to find its land zone and technical category, has moved.
It’s now called My Land Zone, and can be found on Environment Canterbury’s website under Canterbury Maps.

My Land Zone

CERA Document Archive

The website supporting CERA Doc Archive has been decommissioned. The collection of documents it hosted has been transferred to Archives NZ.

These are now part of Series 28559 and can be accessed through the Archives New Zealand website.

Contact Archives New Zealand at for further information on accessing these.

Useful contacts

Earthquake Support Line

0800 777 846

Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service

0800 673 227
Helping Canterbury to recover (MSD Website)

Residential Advisory Service

03 379 7027
0800 777 299

EQC (Earthquake Commission)

0800 326 243

Christchurch City Council

03 941 8999

SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team)

SCIRT no longer exists.

Environment Canterbury

03 353 9007
0800 324 636

Selwyn District Council

03 347 2800
03 318 8338

Waimakariri District Council

03 311 8900

For urgent requests outside of office hours:
0800 965 468 (0800 WMKGOV)

Last updated: 
Friday, 27 January 2023

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