Tuesday 23 April 2013

LURP submission

Kia ora tatou,

This is the One Voice Te Reo Kotahi submission to the Land Use Recovery Plan that came out of the forum on Saturday 20-April.

LURP Submission from One Voice Te Reo Kotahi

This submission is to forward some from themes from the One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) Forum which was called to discuss and coordinate responses from NGOs in the light of the OVTRK kaupapa, to the preliminary draft LURP.

18 people attended and 11 apologised.
The NGOs represented: Spokes, Engineers for Social Responsibility, Eastern Vision, Purau Residents’ Group, Mt Pleasant Residents’ Association, NZ Association for Environmental Education, ChCh Resettlement Services, The VIVA Project, Public Health Association, Network Waitangi Otautahi, Mental Health Education and Research Centre, YWCA, ChCh Women’s Centre, National Council of Women, Avon Otakaro Network Association, Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, Selwyn Water Management Committee, The VIVA Project, Canterbury Communities’ Earthquake Recovery Network and Eastern Vision
Apologies from those unable to be present: SuperGrans, Problem Gambling Association, Barnardos, Te Whare Roimata, Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association, Christchurch Migrants Centre and the Council of Social Services, Third Age Forum
OVTRK is a no-cost opportunity to register Non Government Organisations (NGOs) as being interested in working with other NGOs in greater Christchurch according to our kaupapa.
OVTRK is independent and speaks from the “NGO” sector – the Third Sector – allowing the voices of organisations that have not been formed by Government or Commerce to be heard.
Website: onevoicetereokotahi.blogspot.co.nz

Submission themes:
This submission is to address the question on page 11 of the draft LURP – “What needs to change ... to enable the rebuilding and recovery of greater Christchurch?”

·        Reservations about how the many recovery plans will be reintegrated to inform a cohesive Urban Plan for Greater Christchurch – and the transparency around this process of integration
·        Communication process used to ensure the diverse voice of all residents in the Greater Christchurch area.
·        The engagement and participation of the community by their specific stakeholder partner to the LURP such as CCC, has been severely compromised by the short time frame for the consultation process and the lack of direct contact with resident associations and other key community organisations.
·        With Greenfield developments aimed at 42,000 houses, the current trend (already started) will be to develop these in preference to brownfield and inner city areas. This will be highly undesirable, not least when the high probability of much higher costs for transport fuels in the near future (Peak Oil) will be likely to render these developments uneconomic soon after they are built.
·        Support, facilitate and enable community leadership engagement and participation.
·        CERA and TAs to co-ordinate and integrate existing agency commitments to empowerment of local populations including support for use of recognized public participation values & processes at a local, district & regional level.
·        CERA & TAs to co-ordinate, integrate & simplify communications to ensure accessibility to & understanding by all communities & social groups
·        CERA & TAs to review time frames to ensure an optimal balance of effective public engagement and efficient timetabling.
·        CERA monitors and reports on these engagement processes & programmes to ensure that a shared sense of vision is developed; also that guidances, rules & plans are consistent with achieving this vision.

On behalf of the attendees at the One Voice Te Reo Kotahi Forum on 20 April 2013
OVTRK Co Chairs
Dora Langsbury and Katherine Peet
22 April 2013