The following is background information on the CERA partner agencies:

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)

CERA is the agency established by the Government to lead and co-ordinate the ongoing recovery effort following the earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011.  It aims to help restore the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of greater Christchurch communities.

CERA developed the Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch which established the mandate to prepare the Arts and Culture Recovery Programme and helped with its preparation.

From 1 February 2015 CERA will move to become a Departmental Agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  This shift will maintain momentum in the rebuild and place natural disaster recovery work at the core of central government planning.  A transition plan will be put in place to hand over responsibility and powers from CERA to local government, other government agencies or other delivery vehicles.  An advisory group of local government and other stakeholders will be appointed to help guide development of the transition plan and review of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

Ngāi Tahu

Ngāi Tahu is the iwi (tribe) that holds the mana whenua (customary sovereignty) over much of the South Island, including greater Christchurch.  Ngāi Tahu comprises the collective of whānau (extended families) who descend from the five primary hapū (sub-tribes) of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe and Waitaha, (Kāti Kurī, Ngāti Irakehu, Kāti Huirapa, Ngāi Tūahuriri and Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki) and is represented by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.   Ngāi Tahu is a recognised strategic partner with central and local government agencies in the recovery of greater Christchurch.

Toi Tonu Ōtautahi is a whānau of professional Ngāi Tahu and Māori artists who create and exhibit in greater Christchurch. A key focus for Toi Tonu Ōtautahi is to ensure that Māori cultural values, arts and design become an integral and valued aspect of the greater Christchurch arts landscape. Furthermore, Toi Tonu Ōtautahi seeks to make a vital visual and aesthetic contribution to the redesign of civic and public spaces and buildings throughout greater Christchurch.

Christchurch City Council (CCC)

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was released on 30 July 2012. Except for urban design matters in the central city, CCC will continue as Christchurch’s principal planning authority, responsible for the administration of its District Plan. In particular, it will be involved in transitional projects and events; be a partial funder of anchor projects and work closely with CERA to effectively implement those provisions in the Recovery Plan that include direction to the CCC.

CCC is also leading the preparation of Master Plans for earthquake-damaged suburban areas.

Waimakariri District Council (WDC)

Under its Ten Year Plan, WDC states 'the community’s cultures, arts and heritage are conserved and celebrated' as one of its Community Well-being Outcomes. Heritage buildings and sites will be protected; different cultures are acknowledged and respected and there are wide-ranging opportunities for the community to participate in arts, and cultural activities.

WDC has a number of community museums managed by community groups and historical societies as well as three in private ownership. Arts organisations within the district include the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, Waimakariri Arts Collection Trust, the Oxford Arts Trust and the Kaiapoi Art Expo (managed by an incorporated society). There is also a wide variety of arts and cultural groups active in the community including speech and drama, music, dance, art/painting, photography, pottery, woodworking, spinning and weaving, patchwork, gardening and floral art. Te Ngāi Tuahuriri Rūnanga provides support for Kaumatua kapa haka and monthly Art Wānanga learning opportunities at the marae.

Selwyn District Council (SDC)

SDC provides resources and some funding to encourage collaboration, ensure accessibility, raise awareness, educate and promote the arts within its district. SDC encourages and supports the following organisations that preserve, promote and provide opportunity in arts, culture and heritage within the Selwyn District: The Selwyn Arts Trust, Arts Heart – Selwyn Central Community Arts Council, Malvern Community Arts Council, Lincoln University and District Historical Societies.

SDC supports the district’s arts, heritage and culture infrastructure by:

  • providing space for events, exhibitions, storage of heritage materials, and festivals ranging from major capacity indoor venues such as the Lincoln Events Centre, to public libraries, community and school halls, and churches
  • promoting arts activities to the community – eg Nutpoint Gallery, Community Arts Councils’ programmes, Selwyn Gallery exhibitions
  • providing locally based events that maximise access and ensure a greater participation of local residents (this includes a large number of audience members who formerly travelled into the Christchurch CBD from outlying areas to attend events and classes).

Environment Canterbury Regional Council Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha

Environment Canterbury is the regional council working with the people of Canterbury to manage the region's air, water and land. It is a strategic partner with CERA, Ngāi Tahu, CCC, WDC and SDC in the recovery of greater Christchurch and is committed to the sustainable management of the environment while promoting the region's economic, social and cultural well-being.


Updated on 23rd July 2015