SCIRT launched with a self-governing structure. This evolved over the next three years into a dual governance model that separated governance of the organisation from governance of the programme scope and funding.
In November 2013 and May 2016, the Office of the Auditor-General examined how effectively and efficiently the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), the New Zealand Transport Agency, and the Christchurch City Council were reinstating horizontal infrastructure through the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) alliance.
University of Cambridge Affiliated Lecturer, Dr. Kristen MacAskill, undertook qualitative research to determine factors that affect the ability of engineers to include resilient measures in rebuilding civil infrastructure systems. The abstract of her final PhD thesis is attached.
Challenges over the funding of Christchurch's horizontal infrastructure repair programme, how it was shared, and how to assure value for taxpayers and ratepayers, shaped and reshaped the governance structure of SCIRT.