Christchurch's resilience is made official

Christchurch's resilience is now official, with today's signing of the Greater Christchurch Resilience Plan.

The city became part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative in 2013.  

Contractors at Christchurch's CTV site Source: 1 NEWS

The programme is run by the Rockefeller Foundation and aims to help "cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century".

Christchurch City Council Chief Resilience Officer, Mike Gilooly, says the plan will help "to create a city where people feel more connected, where we create adaptable places, where everybody takes part in decisions that affect them, where everybody can prosper".

To mark the day, a group of stakeholders, including Sam Kernaghan, from 100 Resilient Cities Singapore, took a walking tour to see new developments around the city.

'It's easy to think this is someone else's problem' - new offences introduced to curb domestic violence

Domestic violence perpetrators face a crack down, with the Government creating a raft of new offences.

These include non-fatal strangulation and assault on a family member - which will have tougher penalties than common assault - and coercion to marry.

There will also be tougher measures for those who commit crimes when under a protection order. And it will be an aggravating at sentencing.

It will be easier to get protection orders - others will be able to apply on a victim's behalf, like iwi.

Family violence will be flagged on criminal records and the safety of a victim a primary factor in bail decisions.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has been working on an overhaul of the domestic laws and is proposing 50 changes.

Police respond to 110,000 incidents every year - two thirds of which include children. She said domestic violence in New Zealand is "ingrained and insidious".

The Prime Minister says more than '50 changes to the law' will be rolled out today. Source: Breakfast

Prime Minister John Key said half of all homicides are family violence related.

But he said "a good father, a good stepfather and a good man does not hit, intimidate or control his spouse, partner, ex partner or her children".

The changes will cost $130 million over four years.

But the changes to protection orders are estimated to lead to 1200 fewer offences every year. With a further 1100 prevented by the increased imprisonment of offenders.

"It's easy to think this is someone else's problem. But it's not... if you are a New Zealander who cares," Key added.

Artists and authors in Tauranga have teamed up with Women's Refuge to tell some grim tales, in the hope of making a difference. Source: Seven Sharp

United Future leader Peter Dunne said he welcomed the changes.

"Our families are the bedrock of our communities and the rates of family violence we have in this country are appalling," he said.

"These changes signal a much needed shift in the way we respond to family violence."


Person rescued after burning fishing boat beaches near Dunedin

Three fire engines from the Dunedin area are rushing to the Aramoana Peninsula where a fishing vessel is reported to have beached on fire.

The Southern Fire Communications centre was notified to the incident via Maritime radio around 12.15pm.

Fire Communications spokesman Riwai Grace says one person was rescued from the boat but they don't know yet whether there were other people aboard.

He says he's it's still not clear exactly where on the Peninsula the boat has beached.

Fire appliance Source: 1 NEWS