Author: Committee for Canterbury

Canterbury at XM

1987, thirty years ago now. The All Blacks won the inaugural Rugby World Cup, the Edgecumbe earthquake struck and NZ became the first nuclear free nation. Rick Astley was “never gonna give us up”, Black Monday hit Wall Street and the previous year’s Census had placed the Canterbury population at around 430,000 people. Over a third of the population here today were just a twinkle in their parents’ eyes. Back to the present and the region now boasts some 600,000 people and Christchurch is now the second largest NZ city. The last four years have seen a much higher...

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Investment crucial to the next stage of recovery

Christchurch is becoming a diverse city brimming with people enjoying the benefits of a place made equally by the people, government, and the private investment sector. As the rebuild is entering a new phase, to help ensure the city’s regeneration, we must be mindful of the changing economic landscape and act now to secure our future. Since the earthquakes, Greater Christchurch’s economy has been fueled by billions of dollars of insurance money. This has contributed towards the $40 billion rebuild led by significant investment from both the public and private sectors – it could be said that Christchurch is...

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Why councils want to keep a lid on their population growth – Pattrick Smellie

OPINION: Towards the end of next month, a group of chief executives from some of New Zealand’s largest companies will get on a plane together for a week-long study tour of Switzerland’s model for local government. The field trip is a testament to a five-year effort by the New Zealand Initiative, a business think tank, to foster debate about how hard-wired our local councils are towards resisting population growth, because of the need for new infrastructure. Click here to view original web page at...

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Seeking a sustainable finance plan for the UK

As part of its involvement in CUSP, the Aldersgate Group is launching a one-year project to understand how to increase private investment in green infrastructure. In this blog, research fellow and project lead Alex White explains how we will be looking at the most material barriers and considering the solutions to incentivise greater investment in the projects that will underpin the UK’s upcoming policy packages. (This article first appeared in Business Green, 24 April 2017.) Click here to view original web page at...

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‘I can’t disagree strongly enough with the perception of too many migrants’

OPINION: Immigration is fast becoming a beat-up in the pre-election political football match. Europe arguably has a migrant crisis. New Zealand doesn’t, although politicians would probably disagree. OPINION: Immigration is fast becoming a beat-up in the pre-election political football match. We have reports about the top source countries for migrants and the Government has vowed to cut immigration. Except, in big-picture terms, […] Click here to view original web page at...

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