Brownlee sick of the 'moaning'
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 9:34a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Gerry Brownlee says he is "sick and tired" of Christchurch residents "moaning" about the slow rate of the quake-hit city's recovery.
A survey of 689 residents whose homes have been zoned green-blue slammed the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the council, the Earthquake Commission and insurance companies, reports Fairfax.
Mr Brownlee, dismissed the survey, saying it was "self-selecting" and only filled out by people who had time to "buggerise around on Facebook all day".
"I'm a [green-blue] resident myself and I'm sick of these people carping and moaning," says Mr Brownlee. "The constant suggestion that somehow we've abandoned these people or forgotten about them is just the most insulting thing they could possibly say."
The Earthquake Recovery Minister says he'd rather the rebuild happened slowly than make bad decisions.
"They can be as grumpy as they like. I'm not making bad decisions for the future of Christchurch simply to meet the timelines some people are demanding.
"I'd love to be able to fix all of that for people immediately, [but] we've got to get the science and engineering right on how to progress."
According to rebuildchristchurch.co.nz, a green-blue property is at defined as one where "moderate to significant land damage from liquefaction is possible in future significant earthquakes. Foundation solutions should be based on site-specific geotechnical investigation and specific engineering foundation design where foundation repairs or rebuilds are needed. This might involve deep piles."
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13/09/2012 1:41:09 p.m.
So you'd all like Gerry replaced with someone with a blank chequebook to satisfy every whim and wish. that'll work, NOT. I have sympathy for the people of Christchurch, but bear in mind, this was a disaster of collosal magnitude, and it will take time to do things properly. What happens if money is poured back in willy-nilly and it happens again? Taxpayers are not a bottomless pit.
12/09/2012 2:29:37 p.m.
This is exactly why we need some finance and debt reforms. Ask why has house prices have halved in value in America after the property bubble burst, yet here they are keep high because of the all too favourable mortgage values where banks create free debt to themselves yet load all the risk on the borrower. The whole economic system is corrupt in geered to fleece and rip us off. Heres a real policy platform for Labour for 2014. restructure the unfair and unbalanced debt and bankruptcy laws in NZ. The lack of rebuild for CHCH just show how inept the whole system is. Banks have been ripping us off for far too long.Gerry wont move on this because he knows the system is corrupt.
12/09/2012 1:56:40 p.m.
I'm from Auckland and this makes me angry. Who does Gerry Brownlee think he is? Does he not understand the difficulties the residents of Christchurch have to face EVERY DAY. There's no holiday away from this for most people Gerry, so I suggest you tender your resignation given you don't have sufficient empathy to be in your current position. Unbelievable.
12/09/2012 1:51:25 p.m.
Why does he always say he is TC3 to and understands what it is all about..
HIS HOUSE HAS BEEN FIXED so how can he understand the people in the situation when he isn't in the situation anymore....
A member of parliament and the recovery ministry should know better than saying what he has said. Its totally unbeliverable that he has got away with saying that. If he had only one house and was still in the TC3 and his house wasn't fixed like to see his comments then I bet a total turnaround then..
12/09/2012 1:33:24 p.m.
I've lost interest in Chch, as all the residents seem to expect everything to be rebuilt as it was by the end of the week. You were told at the time that it would take years, possibly decade, and it will. Sympathy to you, but face reality.
12/09/2012 12:21:21 p.m.
If feel sorry for anyone stuck in Christchurch living like that. Christchurch is a bit different from Japan in that we have this liquifaction problem. The risk is that if rebuilding of fixing of houses goes ahead and then another big earthwuake happens you are back to square one. If it was just the houses to fix would be easier, but the land is broken, how do you fix that. A lot of Christchurch should never have been built on in the first place.
12/09/2012 12:02:59 p.m.
Insensitive SOB!! & what's happened to the many millions us taxpayers donated to help the people of Christchurch re-build their homes & lives - it wasn't for the fatcats in parliament to feed off!
12/09/2012 11:52:42 a.m.
Bryce Cole wrote:
I think its about time that Mr Brownlee was removed from this position and put someonein that is capapble of "Leading" the rebuild. Its great for him to say to people "stop Moaning" as he has both the money and ability to live somewhere elseie in Wellington with his job. Others have lost everything. Japan has cleaned things up and started again and we are still mucking around pulling buildings down and arguing over constents, plans, who does what and when. Mr Brownlee says he doesnt want to make bad decisions but it would be good for him to at least make a decision.
12/09/2012 10:55:17 a.m.
Again, National Party supporters come online to attack anyone who complains while their party is in power.
Shut up Christchurch, shut up poor people, shut up workers, shut up and sleep in the mud beneficiaries.
Whatever group is voicing their opinion.. you can guarantee that National Party supporters will be nasty, uncaring, unsympathetic, arrogant, obnoxious.
So what does that tell you about your brighter future?, it's here sho shutup and deal with it.
12/09/2012 10:46:03 a.m.
Hey, Im just pointing out what JGerry is expecting you all to do. Its not my fault this sit on our hands government was elected. You all should be doing the council over the fair trading act if you have to pay rates and not get get any services, same goes for insurance companies.
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