On Thursday 17 August, the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Nicky Wagner, presented the report of the Annual Review of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (the Act) in Parliament.
The Act came into effect on 19 April 2016, replacing the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. The Act is intended to support the regeneration of greater Christchurch through specific planning provisions, mechanisms to manage land and the establishment of the Crown-Council organisation Regenerate Christchurch.
The Act has a 5-year life, ending in June 2021.
Section 150 of the Act specifies the Minister must commission an annual review of the operation and effectiveness of the Act within 12 months of the commencement of the Act and every 12 months after that, and a report must be prepared for the Minister on that review.
This is the first review of and report on the Act.