Christchurch blueprint exciting, says PM

11:15 am on 29 July 2012

Prime Minister John Key says Cantabrians can expect to see some exciting new plans when the design for the centre of Christchurch is unveiled.

Mr Key and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will officially unveil the blueprint on Monday evening.

Planning and design consultancy group Boffa Miskell has spent 100 days working on the blueprint for renewing the quake-ravaged city centre.

Though details have been a closely guarded secret, the blueprint is expected to include locations for 12 anchor projects including a new convention centre and public transport hub.

Mr Key says the work he has seen is very exciting.

Mr Brownlee says the blueprint will contain heavy expenditure by the state that will in turn encourage the private sector to join in.

He told TVNZ's Q+A programme that Monday's announcement will be followed by further details in coming months.

"Things like the hospital, the advanced technology hub and what we're calling the justice precinct.

"They are very big public assets that are also places of considerable employment and so that is a pretty significant step in letting other investors know that actually there is going to be a dynamic here that works."

Mr Brownlee says the Government has spent $5.5 billion on the Canterbury earthquake recovery so far and could be up for another $7 billion.