Ceremony Marks A Recovery Milestone

Another milestone in the earthquake recovery process is being celebrated today in Kaiapoi, with the ceremonial handover of regeneration land ownership from the Crown to Waimakariri District Council and Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust.

Mayor David Ayers says “For me personally, the most important thing for Council to focus on over the next few years is the continuation of the regeneration of Kaiapoi, The Pines and Kairaki. I believe this is a great moment not only for the local community, but the whole of Waimakariri.”

Following the government’s approval of the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan in December 2016, a Council governance group and operational team was formed in early 2017 to manage and implement the Recovery Plan.  Since this time, Land Information New Zealand have worked closely with Council and the Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust on the land divestment process.

Cabinet approved the land divestment plan on May 14, and at today’s ceremony the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon. Dr Megan Woods, Mayor David Ayers, Trust Chair Catherine McMillan and Trustee Joseph Hullen jointly acknowledged what the transfer of land ownership means for our local communities.

“As a council, we are dedicated to making the regeneration areas better for current and future generations,” says Mayor Ayers. “Along with Council’s recent approval of $18.6 million in the 2018/28 Long Term Plan for the district regeneration programme, and now the confirmation of land ownership, this means we can get on and deliver the majority of the work programme within the next three years.”

Final settlement and divestment of the land from the Crown to Council and the Trust is expected to be completed later in July 2018.

Work has already begun in the regeneration areas with a new roading link in the east close to completion.  There are many other exciting recreational things to progress over the next 10 years. These include a dog park, BMX track, sports fields, mahinga kai and heritage areas. The majority of the recreational projects are expected to be completed in the next two to three years.

For more information about the Regeneration work programme, click here.