Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch is committed to the Four Well Beings which together are key to achieving sustainable development:
Promoting the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and for the future.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011
The purposes of this Act are—
(a) to provide appropriate measures to ensure that greater Christchurch and the councils and their communities respond to, and recover from, the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes:
(b) to enable community participation in the planning of the recovery of affected communities without impeding a focused, timely, and expedited recovery:
(c) to provide for the Minister and CERA to ensure that recovery:
(d) to enable a focused, timely, and expedited recovery:
(e) to enable information to be gathered about any land, structure, or infrastructure affected by the Canterbury earthquakes:
(f) to facilitate, co-ordinate, and direct the planning, rebuilding, and recovery of affected communities, including the repair and rebuilding of land, infrastructure, and other property:
(g) to restore the social, economic, cultural, and environmental well-being of greater Christchurch communities:
(h) to provide adequate statutory power for the purposes stated in paragraphs (a) to (g):
(i) to repeal and replace the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010.
The Local Government Act 2002
Unfortunately this was repealed in 2012, but we remain committed to it as a focus for sustainable development.
Part 1 – Preliminary provisions
(d) provides for local authorities to play a broad role in promoting the social,
economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of their communities, taking a
sustainable development approach.
4 Treaty of Waitangi
In order to recognise and respect the Crown’s responsibility to take appropriate
account of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and to maintain and improve
opportunities for Maori to contribute to local government decision-making processes,
Parts 2 and 6 provide principles and requirements for local authorities that are
intended to facilitate participation by Maori in local authority decision-making
Part 2 – Purpose of local government, and role and powers of local authorities
10 Purpose of local government
The purpose of local government is—
(a) to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf
of, communities; and
(b) to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of
communities, in the present and for the future.
14 Principles relating to local authorities
(1) (d) a local authority should provide opportunities for Maori to contribute to its
(h) In taking a sustainable development approach, a local authority should take into account—
(i) the social, economic, and cultural well-being of people and communities; and
(ii) the need to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment;
(iii) the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations.