An article in The Press on Saturday 19 November (under the by-line of Journalist Sam Sachdeva) says “Poor leadership and a lack of long-term vision at the Christchurch City Council could jeopardise the city’s recovery, an independent report warns.”
“The Future Canterbury Network report, prepared by business and community representatives, assessed the council’s performance since the September and February earthquakes. Its performance was judged as less than reasonable in seven out of nine categories.
“The report said the council had lost momentum and energy after its initial response to the earthquakes.
“Mayor Bob Parker dismissed the report as a “hatchet job”, saying the council should be proud of its work after the earthquakes.
“The report said that while the council’s preparation of the draft central-city plan had been “a model of successful community consultation”, there was no evidence that the city had translated the vision into a “concrete strategy”.
“There appears to have been little translation of the grand ideas into strategies . . . to keep the ideas contained in the vision alive.”
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The Future Canterbury Network’s evaluation of the Christchurch City Council’s leadership of the earthquake recovery is a very mixed bag. Some elements of the FCN Accountability Matrix show the Council has engaged effectively with the community and done an excellent job restoring shattered infrastructure and services but the recovery is about much more than that.
Christchurch City Scorecard
The Assessment Panel states in the Report: Continue reading
A Canterbury council has been hailed as an “exemplar for earthquake recovery” in an assessment of its response to the September 2010 and February disasters, writes Michael Wright in the Christchurch Press on 18 October.
The Waimakariri District Council achieved “reasonable expectations” in nearly all categories reviewed by the Future Canterbury Network, surpassed expectations in one, and was judged a “work in progress” in another.
The network, made up of Canterbury business and community leaders, is evaluating all the authorities involved in quake recovery.
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The Waimakariri District Council is seen by its community as being a “trusted advisor” as a result of the great effort it has made to provide leadership and effective recovery action from the Canterbury Earthquakes according to the Future Canterbury Network Accountability Scorecard.
“Waimakariri District Council and its staff have set a high standard for the other local government and central government bodies responsible for the recovery from the earthquakes to follow,” says FCN Chairman, Hon Philip Burdon.
“After a thorough evaluation which considered nearly 1600 pages of documentation and an intensive discussion among the assessment panel the Waimakariri District Council effort is a shining example of what can be done for a community struggling to cope with disaster.
“Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee, makes some brave and provocative remarks when he describes a group of prominent Canterbury citizens as ‘hand-wringing talkers’ and ‘time wasters’”, says the Chairman of the Future Canterbury Network (FCN), Hon Philip Burdon, who is the former MP for Fendalton and a Cabinet Minister in the Bolger administration as well as being a very prominent Canterbury businessman.
“The FCN represents a broad spectrum of people from the Canterbury community, ranging from the Vice Chancellor of the University to the head of the Salvation Army, who have agreed to endorse and support a process designed to give a sympathetic and constructive assessment of the achievements of the multiple administrative organisations responsible for the management of the Canterbury rebuild,” says Mr Burdon. Continue reading
The Selwyn District Council has performed reasonably well in managing its response to the Canterbury Earthquakes but there’s quite a lot of room for improvement according to the FCN Earthquake Recovery Accountability Scorecard.
“Selwyn faces many challenges as the pressure for safe places to live and work shifts the Canterbury focus west. To ensure it is well prepared for this expected migration it needs to capture the lessons from the earthquake response and recovery phases it has been through so far,” says FCN Chairman, Hon Philip Burdon.
Cabinet has signed off the release of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s draft Recovery Strategy for public consultation, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced on Monday 5 September.
“While the initial recovery is well underway in Canterbury, this strategy sets out a proposed direction and priorities for the long term recovery of greater Christchurch,” Mr Brownlee said.
“This document will help shape how we rebuild the city and region in partnership with the private and public sector and with the people of greater Christchurch.
“It has a strong focus on sustaining a robust job market and ensuring the continuity of income for residents,” Mr Brownlee said.
“The Government is committed to getting this right so now we need the people of Canterbury to tell us their views and if there is anything else we need to include in the Recovery Strategy,” he said.