17 Apr 2015

Cost of Chch infrastructure repairs not finalised

2:11 pm on 17 April 2015

The cost of repairing Christchurch's earthquake damaged infrastructure is no closer to being finalised.

Lianne Dalziel

Lianne Dalziel Photo: RNZ

The city council and the Government have been disputing the amount since a cost-sharing agreement was signed in 2013.

The Government's funding of the infrastructure rebuild was capped at $1.8 billion, while the council committed $1.14 billion.

The city's mayor Lianne Dalziel said most people though an independent review of the infrastructure repair programme would finalise the cost and review the funding cap, but this was not the case.

"It was intended to really review the work on the horizontal infrastructure but if it was decided that there was additional work that should have been included in it and the cap wasn't sufficient that is the basis for further discussions between the Crown and the council, it is not a decision in its own right."

She said the council received the draft findings, but could not yet say what the review found.

Christchurch

The Christchurch CBD Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski