MEDIA STATEMENT from Ngāi Tahu
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Monday 30 July, 2012
“Christchurch city is a reflection of our hearts and minds and its heart will beat again once the people are able to return,” says Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon.
“For the people of Christchurch, the revised Central City Recovery Plan is a foundation through which the development of anchor projects will provide cultural, commercial and social revitalisation of the central city. It also provides a robust framework to promote community, business and investor confidence in the city.”
“Despite the most difficult circumstances, Christchurch has shown it can pull through by putting its people first. It is in this context, Ngāi Tahu is heartened to see the revised plan still reflects the community’s aspirations for the central city that came through strongly in the Christchurch City Council’s Share an Idea campaign in 2011.
“Ngāi Tahu is committed to working with both CERA and CCC in the years ahead to breathe life into the recovery plan and back into our city. We need to be visionary, strong and committed for the long haul, but we also need to be decisive and have a sense of urgency . Ngāi Tahu is committed to Ōtautahi and Te Waipounamu and proud to play its part in this revised Central City Recovery Plan.”
The aim of rebuilding a green sustainable city, the increased recognition of the significance of the Ōtākaro/Avon River and Victoria Square (Market Square) are significant components of the plan to Ngāi Tahu.
Ngāi Tahu believes the recovery plan sends a message to all New Zealanders and the world: Christchurch is strong, united and open for business,” says Solomon.
“Developing a plan for the rebuild of our city is a huge challenge and while there may be some different views, the important thing now is to put any doubts aside and commit to bringing the plan to life. Mō tātou, a, mō kā uri, a muri ake nei – for us and our children after us.”