If you don't have a house you don't want consultation and a grass roots movement, you want a house

The Government’s new Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has been labelled bureaucratic, militaristic and the opposite of the community-led approach Christchurch needs.

Some some Prius driving hippy wowser wants hugs to be dispensed rather houses. Perhaps this is why not a single house has been built yet.

Let this dopey sheila go and live in a house with cracks in the walls, floors that arent level, shit in a bucket and boil her own water.

San Francisco consultant Laurie Johnson, a veteran of rebuildings from Chile to China, and Massey University professor Bruce Glavovic, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) chairman in natural hazards planning.

Johnson said international experience showed that governments often had a top-down, fast-track approach to rebuilding and recovery when it should be a grassroots process, the community being actively involved in the creation of the plan.

“Planning needs time,” she said.

“It takes time to comprehend the information and build trust.”

Johnson said a rush to make decisions created losers because the lack of consultation meant only the voices of the organised and powerful were heard.

The last thing we need is a talk fest. We need houses, roads, water, jobs etc. Not delay, distraction and bureaucrats. The only disappointment is in giving Gerry more powers than a Roman dictator he isn’t using them to get shit done. Perhaps that is why one of his staff prefers working for a tobacco company than working for Gerry finding him open pie shops.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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