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Brownlee stays mum on earthquake role

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016

National MP, Gerry Brownlee. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson Gerry Brownlee Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee won't confirm if he'll still hold an earthquake-related ministerial role next week.

Mr Brownlee has held the portfolio since Christchurch's September 2010 earthquake, but the role expanded significantly following the devastating February 2011 quake that killed 185 people.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)is due to wind up in Christchurch next week, as the city enters the next stage of rebuilding.

Regenerate Christchurch will take over where CERA leaves off, but where that leaves the minister is not yet known.

Appearing on TV3's The Nation on Saturday morning, Mr Brownlee would not answer whether, come Monday, he would still hold his portfolio.

The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill, which passed its final reading in parliament on Thursday, would still need ministerial oversight, he said.

However, when asked if he would oversee it, Mr Brownlee answered, "You'll know on Monday."

He acknowledged he wanted to keep his ministerial earthquake-related responsibilities.

On the rebuild, Mr Brownlee rated CERA a 7.5 out of 10 on its performance in Christchurch.

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