Changes to Regeneration Bill give more power to Christchurch
Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 4:58 pm
Press Release: Green Party
16 March 2016
Green Party pleased changes to Regeneration Bill will give more power to Christchurch
The Green Party is pleased to have been able to negotiate with the Government to get it to back down on its plans to have Ministers dominate the next stage of Christchurch's recovery after the earthquakes.
“We had concerns about the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill, which gave substantial powers to central government to decide the future of Christchurch rather than the new Regenerate Christchurch organisation,” said Green Party Christchurch spokesperson Eugenie Sage.
“The original Bill kept decision-making powers in Wellington’s hands, not Christchurch’s; where it should be.
“But after negotiations with the Government, we were able to get it to back down on its plans to dominate the next stage of Christchurch’s recovery, once CERA is wound down in April.
“Regenerate Christchurch will now have a much more central and influential role in decisions.
“The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill is still flawed in that Ministers can override plans and policies using the RMA and bylaws, but pressure from opposition parties means the Minister must now consult with the public and consider public views before using those powers.
“The Government’s changes to the Bill are a win for much greater partnership between central and local government,” Ms Sage said.