16 May 2014

More funding for earthquake recovery

10:29 am on 16 May 2014

The Government has assigned another $50 million to earthquake recovery in Christchurch, bringing its total spending to $15.4 billion.

The money will go towards the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's operations and will be spread over two years.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the money was part of a four-year operating fund of nearly $313.8 million.

More funding is to go to earthquake recovery.

More funding is to go to earthquake recovery. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski


Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said confirmation in the Budget of the recently-signed Housing Accord for the city will assist people who are struggling.

Under the accord, the Government will invest $75 million and the council $50 million to build houses to try and ease the current shortage. It is still subject to public consultation.

Ms Dalziel also welcomed the $14 million set aside for the work of the Canterbury Social Support Fund.

The fund supports trauma counselling services, co-ordination and case management for families with multiple problems and for critical community-based social services responding to the Canterbury and Christchurch earthquakes.