Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

Fairfax help Labour with a clumsy hit on EQC

Fairfax reports:

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has spent $68 million on travel-related costs since the September 2010 earthquake in Canterbury.

Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal EQC spent a total of $38m on accommodation and food for staff travelling in and out of Christchurch since September 2010, almost $20m on vehicles, $8.2m on airfares and $880,400 on taxis and parking costs.

Almost half of the money ($29m) was spent in 2010/11, when EQC had to increase staff numbers from 22 before the September 2010 quake, to more than 1000 in February 2011.

The following year, travel costs kept running high at $23.4m but went down to a total of $15.6m for the past three years.

Labour EQC spokesman Clayton Cosgrove said EQC should have asked more staff to relocate to Christchurch or hired local people instead of having “an army of bureaucrats with their clipboards parachuted in from Wellington”.    Read more »

A million dollars for a website? Christchurch City Council have got to be nuts

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The Taxpayers’ Union has revealed that the Christchurch City Council has spent more than a million dollars of ratepayers’ money on a flash new website.

The Taxpayers’ Union is labelling Christchurch City Council’s spending of $1.2 million on their new website as irresponsible. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Rather than spending ratepayers’ money on the rebuild effort, Christchurch City Council have splashed out $1.2 million on a website.”    Read more »

Hug off

Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has resigned as chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

I am disgusted, totally disgusted at Roger Sutton being pressured to resign. This could have been handled in house and sorted quickly but instead he has been pilloried.

It is clear from the article that he treated everyone the same way and that the only problem this time was that she didn’t like it. Well buck up sweetie, you are a big girl now. Use your words. How hard would it have been to say Roger, I know you like to hug everyone but I am not a huggie kind of person and it makes me feel uncomfortable please don’t hug me? Same goes for being called Sweetie.

I worked with a guy who insisted on calling me Juanita instead of my actual name which is Juana. I asked him politely to stop and was told that if he wanted to call me Juanita he would, because he liked it. I then replied that I liked the name Bob and that I would call him that until he addressed me by my given name. Bob caved in a day. It isn’t rocket science. Costing someone their job because of your lack of assertiveness is over the top. If she was that much of a wimp she could have asked someone else to speak to him on her behalf. We are talking about a grown woman, a senior staffer not a kid fresh out of high school. I have been called darling and sweetheart by shop assistants. I don’t particularly like it but they mean well and it seems clear to me that so did Roger. This was not sexual harassment it was a man who probably didn’t have a good memory for names. My Dad for example calls everyone mate, which saves him having to remember names. On a couple of occasions a person has objected so he stopped.

As for the hugs, if she was the only one getting them then she would have cause for concern. If he hugs everyone male and female then it is clearly just him.

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‘We just want to get on with rebuilding Christchurch’ – reader

A reader emails:

Whale,

You may have picked up on this already but if you haven’t here’s what the time wasters are up to in Christchurch.

Most people just want to get on with rebuilding the city and good on Roger Sutton for telling these idiots to get lost!

ThIs is the article he is talking about where the Green Taliban and Labour tried to hold up the joint for a protest.

Political events are banned in the Christchurch red zone, says earthquake recovery chief Roger Sutton.

The red-zone cordon became the stage for a piece of political street theatre today, as Labour and Green Party politicians tried to access Cathedral Square for a protest.

Green Party MPs Eugenie Sage and Mojo Mathers, along with Labour MP Ruth Dyson were originally granted access to lay a wreath at a stone cairn in Cathedral Square to mark the “loss of democracy” in Christchurch.  Read more »

Awesome news

NZ Herald

They should auction the rights to push the button. I might go down just to watch.

A multi-storey office block will be blown up in quake-hit Christchurch’s first controlled demolition next month.

The 14-storey Radio Network House building in Worcester St, which housed Newstalk ZB, will be razed with an explosive implosion.

The controlled demolition, which has been approved by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera), will be the first of its kind in the city since authorities began the massive task of bringing down the hundreds of quake-damaged buildings.

Christchurch City Council can’t get its planning right

Hot on the heels of all the other gaffes, the looney Christchurch City Council is doing its best to drive developers out of the CBD based on dumb greenie policies that mean it is not economically viable to build in the city.

Christchurch’s redrafted central-city plan would put the city’s rebuild and economy at risk, the Property Council says.

The council, which represents commercial landlords and developers, says some property owners will leave town and others will have to raise rents if the plan is not loosened up and tax laws changed.

In a submission to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the council said the scheme’s “ideological” restrictions on buildings favoured a green city over an economically viable one.

The plan is awaiting approval from Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Council president Connal Townsend said building owners should have been consulted on the how much the plan’s “nice ideas” would cost them.

“When building owners get their insurance cheques, the risk is they will take their cash elsewhere, and that is a worrying and dangerous thing,” he said.

“There’s a break-even point. There were so many nice ideas thrown into the plan that it’s an incentive for owners to walk, rather than to reinvest.”

Townsend said that despite being revised, the plan’s restrictions on buildings infringed “common law rights” for owners to replace what they had lost and would make reinvesting in the city too costly.

There is not much point in having a plan if it means that all those who were investing in the CBD end up taking their capital elsewhere. Those councillors with a background in property must be tearing their hair out having to watch clowns destroy the prospect of a decent rebuild.

Next the council will be wanting a light rail system that everyone else has to pay for and will never be commercially viable.

Patsy’s Beat Up

Lianne Dalziel must be desperate for headlines, or she is starting her tilt at the mayoralty early because she has been fomenting a bit of mischief:

The former homeowners of several quake-ravaged Christchurch houses to be bulldozed today are reportedly only just finding out about the demolition plans.

The first of the red-zoned homes will begin being destroyed today, with a trial demolition of 11 government-bought properties taking place on Seabreeze Close, Waireka Lane and Kokopu Lane in Bexley .

The properties will be cleared over a four-week period.

More than 2000 red-zone homeowners have settled with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) since the Government sent out offers to purchase properties damaged in last year’s February 22 earthquake.

Labour earthquake recovery spokeswoman Lianne Dalziel this morning told TVNZ’s Breakfast that there had not been satisfactory communication from Cera to the people who had once lived in the homes that are to be destroyed.

“There are people who are only just finding out their homes are going to be demolished this week, and I think that’s really not good enough,” she said.

“Some of those people have been out of their homes since September 2010 but nobody’s bothered to tell them it’s their house that’s coming down this week.

What a whole lot of fuss over nothing. They sold their house to the government, have been paid out, it isn;t theirs anymore…and why would they want to be notified anyway…prurient self indulgence? Did they want to go around and wail in front of cameras as the house they sold and got paid out for was demolished?

Gerry Brownlee has called it for what it is:

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is defending not telling former Bexley residents about the demolition of their old homes, accusing Labour of a “beat-up”.

Demolition of 11 homes in the Bexley residential red zone on Seabreeze Cl, Waireka Ln and Kokopu Ln began today after their former owners sold their houses to the Government and moved.

Christchurch East Labour MP Lianne Dalziel today said some former residents were upset after not being informed of the demolition.

Brownlee called Dalziel’s comments a “bit of a beat-up”.

“I think this is a demonstration of the new bipartisanship approach the Labour Party wants to take and an indication of no change,” he said, referring to Labour leader David Shearer’s recent comments that the party would take a bipartisan approach to the quake recovery.

Brownlee said residents had been informed of the demolitions and a street meeting was held on Friday.

However, with more than 5000 homes to be demolished in Christchurch’s red zones, it was not practical to tell former homeowners about the impending demolition of their homes, he said.

“Once you have settled, you know the house is either going to be moved to another site … or demolished.”

The current approach of not informing former homeowners was reasonable and would not change, he said

Typical of Labour…preying on people’s misery or in this case making up people’s misery.

Nanny State still alive and well

It looks like the Nanny State is alive and kicking still:

Contractors could soon be banned from working on ladders after a serious fall by a worker on the demolition of the quake-crippled Hotel Grand Chancellor in Christchurch.

Emergency talks were called by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Department of Labour health and safety officials after last Friday’s incident which hospitalised a 42-year-old worker with critical head injuries.

The government has just launched a crackdown on falls from height, which accounts for almost a quarter of all fatal injuries in the construction sector.

And now, it is understood that health and safety bosses want to introduce a complete ban on working from ladders on building sites across New Zealand.

A ladder ban?

Surely they could save more lives by just banning work altogether. That way no one will ever die at work.

 

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.