Identifying the barriers to building back better : a case study of Christchurch (Ōtautahi), New Zealand
Matthewman, S.; Byrd, Hugh; Kenney, C.; Uekusa, S.
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Citation:Matthewman, S.,Byrd, H., Kenney, C., Uekusa, S. (2019, July). Identifying the barriers to building back better : a case study of Christchurch (Ōtautahi), New Zealand. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop,, Broomfield, Colorado, US.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5290
BROAD FOCUS: how to build sustainability into the city of Christchurch following the 2010-11 earthquakes NARROW FOCUS: the place of renewable energy in this process RESEARCH METHODS: • Key-informant interviews • Informal meetings • Participant observation • Document analysis • Official Information Act requests We can’t agree on what constitutes “better” Unintended consequences: doing good might be doing bad Many want to build back the same (ChristChurch Cathedral) Rebuild mandates (e.g. PPPs) and insurance payments reinforced this (“like for like” replacements) Capital flight/lack of capital That other city problem: Auckland Governance structures: “confusopoly” & the “tragedy of the anti-commons”, alphabet agencies CBD already in decline (BBB = Baptist churches, brothels & band practice rooms) New environmental challenges: sinking city, rising sea, drinking water contamination