Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge

Published: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 07:37

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has signed a pledge to introduce a budget that commits at least 10 percent of the City Council’s 2017/18 spending to building Christchurch’s resilience.

The pledge, signed by Mayor Dalziel and 100 Resilience Cities (100RC) Asia-Pacific Associate Director Sam Kernaghan was made as part of the official launch of the Greater Christchurch Resilience Plan. The plan is aimed at ensuring Greater Christchurch has the resilience to deal with future challenges.

Signing the pledge gives greater Christchurch access to US$5 million worth of goods and services from the 100 Resilience Cities Network that can be used to help Christchurch achieve its resilience goals.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the topic of resilience is particularly relevant for Greater Christchurch:

“We’ve faced enormous challenges as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes and we know we will encounter future challenges. This is not simply about preparing our infrastructure or our built environment and it’s not about bouncing back to the way things used to be.  Resilience is about understanding the risks and challenges we face and developing ways to adapt and co-create a new normal. Empowering people and enabling them to participate in local decision making is vital in building resilient communities and a resilient city.”