Thursday, 19 March 2015

Seismics and the City 2015

I’ll be speaking again on behalf of CECC at the annual cross sector Seismics and the City forum on 27 March at Rydges Latimer.  This knowledge sharing and networking forum is for representatives of public, private and community sector organisations engaged in the rebuilding of Greater Christchurch in the wake of the earthquakes of 2010-11.

The 2015 forum theme Creating a Greater Christchurch will fill in the bigger picture of recovery and renewal. It will also provide opportunities for wide ranging feedback and input to enhance the quality of high level strategic planning and implementation.

Other speakers include Hon. Nicky Wagner, Associate Minister, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery; John Ombler, Acting CEO,  CERA;  Russell Stanners, CEO, Vodafone; Joanna Norris, Editor, The Press; Ian Simpson, CEO,EQC;  David Ayers, Mayor, WDC; Kevin Lynn, General Manager Commercial, Schneider Electric NZ; Stephen Collins, Developer; Peter Rose, CEO, Southern Response; Raf Manji, Finance Spokesperson, CCC; Leanne Curtis, Spokesperson, CanCERN; Nick Hunt, Director, Lichfield Holdings and Gillian Wess, Founder, Enrich.

This year’s forum, the 4th in an annual series convened by Lyall Lukey, SmartNet, is particularly timely
with the release on 9 March of the Christchurch City Council’s consultation document for its long term plan covering the period 2015 to 2025.

The City is going through an accelerated process under the emergency earthquake legislation for setting the direction for the social and economic development of Christchurch. The challenge is to strike the right balance between the needs of earthquake recovery and a focus on the long-term future. Seismics and the City will help to frame and facilitate productive conversations relevant both to individual businesses and the wider communities which comprise Greater Christchurch. 

With GDP growth of 10.6% for the year to March 2014 in Canterbury and with $100 million currently being spent every week in Greater Christchurch the economic indicators for the city of the region are very vibrant. The forum is also a great opportunity to network with purpose and build business relationships in respect to the rebuild by hosting present and prospective clients and potential business partners. Collaboration is one of the keys to the success of the rebuild.

The one day  event starts with a networking breakfast and cross-sector perspectives on shaping the new Christchurch. See the Programme NB Individual CECC members qualify for the group registration rate by quoting “per CECC”.  

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Christchurch City Consultation Document

On March 9 the Christchurch City Council released the consultation document for its long term plan covering the period 2015 to 2025.  This is a critical document that will shape the future of our Council and our City.

The document can be downloaded  at

It is really important that we all have input into the document during the consultation period which is open now and closes on 20 April 2015.

CECC will be making a comprehensive  submission. We are  however, just one voice. It is vital that individuals and companies submit on the plan. Every submission is valued and critical in ensuring that we get optimal outcomes from the plan.

The plan explains the services and projects the council will provide over the next ten years and importantly how they will be funded.

This  is a pivotal time for the Council  with a projected  $1.2 billion shortfall and  some serious choices to be made  to address the funding problem.

Have your  say. It will count!