“The Government’s support package announced as part of the Budget yesterday will be most welcome for the people of the Canterbury Region,” the Chairman of the Future Canterbury Network (FCN), Hon Philip Burdon said today.
“The breadth of the Government’s support, which comes on top of the huge support which has flowed into the region from all over New Zealand and other parts of the world, will do much to rebuild a sense of confidence among Canterbury people that there will be a positive future.
“There are many challenges ahead of us but we are all grateful that the Government has made such an important commitment to our recovery on behalf of the rest of the New Zealand economy.
”What is particularly welcome is the funding which will repair our schools and other key community facilities. And also the funding targeted for social support agencies. It is imperative that our children and families are able to get back to a normal life as soon as possible.
“We have to build a new Christchurch out of the ruins which are there today. The decision by the Department of Building and Housing to announce an increase of 35% in the seismic hazard factor for new buildings is also welcome as one of the essential changes to make sure our new city is a safer place for people to live in future,” concluded Mr Burdon.