Both the CEO and I got a sense of what the people of
Canterbury are experiencing as we touched down at Christchurch
airport on Wednesday just minutes after yet another tremor. The
state of high alert is palpable and will continue as the region
is rocked by aftershocks. The
intensity and frequency of the aftershocks has led to the state of emergency being extended for another seven days.
NZPI has offered local recovery efforts its support and on behalf of the wider membership offered words of support to the many NZPI members that live within the region. We will continue to monitor the situation in Canterbury and to communicate with our members there to determine how best NZPI can support the region. I am advised that the Government is onsidering legislation to help shorten timeframes for construction efforts and this includes the spectre of retrospective building and planning consents. While it is laudable that emergency provisions are put in place we will be endeavouring to ensure that provisions of this nature do not thwart good urban planning principles and practice.
Central Government has also launched a website specifically to inform and advise on the latest earthquake news. That website can be accessed here www.canterburyearthquake.govt.nz/
You can help to support those affected by this natural disaster by making a donation to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal, here’s a few options:
Visit to West Coast
Our next stop on Wednesday was Hokitika and Greymouth where
we spent a stimulating day with members of NZPI, New Zealand
Historic Places Trust, Department of Conservation, Ngai Tahu,
Ngati Waewae, local and regional councils and planning
consultants. A particular
thank you goes to Kim Seaton, the Canterbury/Westland Branch Chair, who drove from
Christchurch to attend the forum.
The content of the presentations throughout the day was rich and leads me to highlight the following for your information:
A warm thanks to the organisers and participants of the West Coast Forum – it was a great initiative and provided us with a good insight into local and regional planning issues.
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