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Cabinet Decision DEV-18-SUB-0285: Global Settlement With Christchurch City Council: Negotiating Parameters (December 2018)

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Friday, 20 December 2019
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Extract from Cabinet Minute DEV-18-MIN-0285: Global Settlement With Christchurch City Council: Negotiating Parameters

On 5 December 2018, the Cabinet Economic Development Committee (DEV):


1noted that, to unlock the potential of Christchurch city, a demonstrable transition is needed from the current extraordinary role played by central government towards a locally-led and sustainable regeneration;

2noted that the future ownership of a significant portfolio of Crown assets in Christchurch is uncertain, and that negotiating a global settlement with Christchurch City Council (the Council) is an urgent priority and a significant opportunity for the Crown;

3noted that there is a narrow window for the conclusion of negotiations by May 2019, when the Council’s focus will turn to upcoming local body elections;

Global settlement will finalise funding support for recovery and regeneration

4 [s9(2)(g)(i)]

5noted that the global settlement is intended to resolve outstanding matters relating to specific Crown and Council roles in earthquake recovery and regeneration to date;

6noted that the Council is in a relatively advantageous financial position, in comparison with other councils in New Zealand;

7noted that:

7.1 as part of Budget 2018, the government announced a $300 million Christchurch Regeneration Acceleration Facility [CAB-18-MIN-0158.11];

7.2 the Minister of Finance and the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (joint Ministers) have approved the Council’s initial proposals to earmark funding from the Acceleration Facility for $40 million towards future projects in the residential red zone (RRZ), and $220 million towards development of the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena;

7.3 the remaining $40 million in the Acceleration Facility has not yet been earmarked;


Janine Harvey
Committee Secretary of the Cabinet

Last updated: 
Friday, 20 December 2019

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