John and his team are responsible for the safe and effective delivery of the Anchor Projects. John has been involved in the Canterbury earthquake recovery from the outset. A chartered professional structural engineer, John flew into Christchurch immediately after the February 2011 earthquake to assess damaged buildings as part of the Civil Defence volunteer response. He left his Wellington-based agency to join CERA as Lead Engineer, overseeing the assessment and demolition of significant buildings. He was later appointed Development Director for vertical anchor projects. John transferred to Ōtākaro in 2016 and became General Manager Development in 2017.
February 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes – The Damage, Response And Recovery
John O’Hagan, the General Manager Development at Ōtākaro Limited, the agency responsible for delivering the Crown-led anchor projects in the central city, offers a unique perspective on the devastating earthquakes. John is the only senior manager who has been involved in the entire earthquake recovery and regeneration process – from stepping off an Air Force jet to assess damaged buildings in the CBD as a volunteer structural engineer, through management roles with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, to the oversight of the delivery of the anchor projects with Ōtākaro. John will share his insights on the eight year process to-date.