The following is from the briefing paper available from CERA's website here (currently the document at the bottom of the page). CERA's homepage is www.cera.govt.nz
What are the tasks and functions of CERA?
During its establishment phase, CERA will:
CERA will work in collaboration with relevant local authorities. CERA will:
- Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, and Environment Canterbury
- engage with other local and central government agencies, Ngai Tahu, businesses, and the local community
- coordinate and prioritise recovery planning by central government agencies
- gather information necessary to assess the best approach(es) to the long-term recovery
- start work on a long-term recovery strategy
- assume responsibility for supporting the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission
- review and oversee existing operations on the ground and work towards structures and arrangements that will be necessary for effective and coordinated rebuilding and recovery of Christchurch, and
- Provide support for the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.
- support local authorities in understanding the magnitude of the recovery, and
- help to coordinate the efforts of local and central government, NGOs, the private sector and greater Christchurch residents.