Dr Crampton (the webinar's presenter) and Dr Bryce Wilkinson are co-authors of the New Zealand Initiative’s 2018 report on policy responses to the Christchurch earthquake, Recipe for Disaster: Building Policy on Shaky Ground .
The report argues that government failed to anticipate the problems caused by policy and regulatory uncertainty. Spending years after an earthquake revising city plans and building codes can too easily make the best the enemy of the good enough. Forward planning can avoid some of these problems by pre-specifying the governance arrangements of any post-disaster recovery agency, by setting disaster contingencies into long term plans, and by restructuring EQC’s relations with insurers to avoid undue delays in reconstruction.
Dr Crampton’s webinar will discuss the report's findings and implications for both central and local government.
This webinar is being charged on a per council basis and is open to elected members and employees of a local authority. Others will be admitted by invitation only. We will send out a link with login instructions for the webinar the day before the webinar (Tuesday 29 May).
You'll have access to the webinar recording so you don't have to be available at the time of the live webinar.
Dr Eric Crampton
Chief Economist, The New Zealand Initiative
Dr Eric Crampton is Chief Economist with The New Zealand Initiative in Wellington. Prior to joining the Initiative in 2014, Dr Crampton was based in Christchurch where he was Senior Lecturer in Economics with the University of Canterbury; he was Christchurch-based during the earthquakes. He is co-author of several Initiative reports, including work on local government and policy reform, the student loans system, economic growth, and student performance.