Suburbs 'forgotten' in Christchurch rebuild plan
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 5:27a.m.
The efforts and resources being put into rebuilding Christchurch's central city should also be showered on the city's shattered suburbs, says a group representing red zone residents.
The blueprint for a compact, low-rise Christchurch CBD with separate cultural, sporting and retail precincts - surrounded by green space - was unveiled on Monday night.
Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network spokesman Reverend Mike Coleman commended the job done on the CBD blueprint, but questioned why the same efforts had not been put into the suburbs, where he said 28,000 of the most damaged houses had not been touched.
It would be up to eight years before some people had their housing problems resolved, and some elderly residents could die in that time, he said.
"There's a lot of anger in the suburbs. You try to explain it to (rebuild minister) Gerry Brownlee and he just doesn't get it," he told NZ Newswire.
Mr Coleman said Mr Brownlee had denied there were major problems with health, housing, insurance and EQC.
"He just seems to have his head in the sand, it's stunning really."
Mr Coleman said there needed to be an insurance tribunal with major statutory powers to make the insurance companies and EQC accountable.
The CBD rebuild and wider city rebuild needed to go "hand in hand", Mr Coleman said.
"It's absolutely vital the CBD is rebuilt, but you don't do it at the expense of the suburbs."
However, the head of the team that created the blueprint, Warwick Isaacs, says the central city was where people worked and it would take years for it to be rebuilt. The residential areas had not been forgotten, he said.
Mr Coleman was at the protest at the blueprint launch on Monday evening, and managed to get a glimpse of the "incredibly lavish" launch.
"I find it a little bit obscene, to be honest, when there are so many people struggling across the city and they are putting on those kinds of functions."
The Christchurch CBD rebuild plan was welcomed by Labour MP for Christchurch East Lianne Dalziel and the Green Party.
Ms Dalziel told NZ Newswire the blueprint is an important milestone for the city and she's excited by the plans.
"I think that's going to offer a lot of confidence to people, both in terms of the confidence for the central city, but also the confidence for investors coming in and investing in the rebuild," she said.
"It should be a real boost."
The Green Party has broadly welcomed the plan and says it's a strong basis for creating a more sustainable city.
"The Government's purchase of land to the south and east of central Christchurch to 'frame' the city's central core is sensible and a good move towards rebuilding Christchurch as a modern green city," Green Party Christchurch spokeswoman Eugenie Sage said.
The blueprint has also been praised by the tourism industry.
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter says the plan puts Christchurch on track to become one of the greatest cities in Australasia.
"Now that we have certainty about the way the city will develop we can go out and promote the new and evolving Christchurch on the world stage," he said.
"We now have a serious business case for tourism investment in Christchurch. With this blueprint I'm confident we can attract the replacement hotel, hospitality and retail investment we urgently need."
NZN / 3 News
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31/07/2012 3:12:25 p.m.
I simply want to move on with my life. My insurer (STATE) has told me that my house is a rebuild, but that's all - I've received no scope and a promised geotech report (they said 4-6 weeks) and that was 12 weeks ago. I couldn't care less about the rebuild of the CBD - I just want out of ChCh altogether now as I don't want to live in a city where people are treated this way by CERA, CCC and the EQC (and of course STATE). Insurance companies are on a 'go slow' and until someone rattles their chain, they will continue in this shocking manner. To all Kiwis - if you are with STATE, seriously look at another company while you can as you might as well burn the money you have paid in premiums. It's 17 months and STATE still owe me for my contents.
31/07/2012 3:05:06 p.m.
Sad for those in the suburbs that have had to endure so much so long. The question is what is in the councils annual plan regarding remedial suburban infrastructure, and has the council kept the pressure on Mr Brownlee to ensure extra funding to do so? The city re-build is a separate issue. All funding will be on hold if the Maori "chosen few " stall asset sales though so hang on to that porta loo for a little longer.
31/07/2012 1:12:43 p.m.
sadly as the suburbs have been suffering for a long time I do think that getting the central city rebuilt is a have to be done as well.The central city area has to be done properly so that all of Christchurch can start again sadly we have to start somewhere and I think its a good choice but in saying that the suburbs should be helped as well but obviously the press dont find that as newsworthy
31/07/2012 12:58:05 p.m.
You would have thought that the people in the broken suburbs would have realsed by now that they are not important! The government do not give a stuff about you, come on wake up how long are you going to sit back and wait, wait, wait for nothing to be done. Sure you will get plenty of reasons why it is taking so long and bla, bla, bla. If you want your houses fixed then you need to be heard and very loud. Protest, shout, screem I am sure you have all been doing plenty of that in your broken houses but you need to get together and do it on the streets, in front of parliment and TV camera's. Otherwise just put another coat on to keep warm, shut up and watch Gerry (who ate all the pies) Brownlee prancing around taking all the credit alond side Bob parker.
31/07/2012 12:57:42 p.m.
Repair the ground and roofs of citizens houses these are the people who wont lev who without a city still call and make chch their home
31/07/2012 12:21:01 p.m.
can anyone tell me what Jenny Shipley and the other bludgers are doing for their $1000 a day fee. The insurance companies have put up their fees but have spent little so far on the rebuild, especially outside of the CBD, what a racket, money in the bank gaining interest and they still try every trick in the book to shirk their responsibilities.
31/07/2012 12:17:38 p.m.
City of Two halves. wrote:
Some live on the north side,and clearly don't give a toss, or have to experience any of the living conditions on the East. I live in the South East and still wait to be told rebuild or repair a now derelect home. I am over 80. I have to drive for miles for food shopping. My money helped to build this city for 70 years. I am a sole femme and a member of this "half a community" who feels abandoned in the grand schemes and forgotten. Those in power, here and now, need to remember their elderly, and treat them with due respect.Your day will come. The ethic,treat others in the manner you would have done to you was ingrained in my generation.
Give us peace of mind now,tell us,yes even show me the money! I need to be re housed in the dignity that I have paid for. Not degraded,insulted, ignored, fobbed off, forgotten and dehumanised. I am not the only one I know in this situation, elderly friends are living in garages, while they wait to find out. Hard to believe its 2012, feels more like 1812. This is not what living in the 21st Century should be like, and coming up 2 years on from a natural disaster. Mr Brownlee you seem a nice man, you told the insurance companies off, now what, just a big fat nothing. Govt insurance is what we had,sold,and now need. If there is to be "Asset sale" money, use this to become "The go too" insurance company for all NZ. Too late for CHCH, but look after our future generation, and stop the corporates ripping us off. I am no longer proud to be a Christchurch Citizen, my pride was lost when I lost my home. We need a new, whole citywide caring community,
with everyone properly housed, not an empire building "greatest cities in Australasia" Tim Hunter.
31/07/2012 10:20:20 a.m.
Cindy Dorset wrote:
Come out to Brighton, still waiting is it going to be the forgotten area,shame on you the EQC,Insurances and Council.Give us a bloody break and fix our house ,roads soon .
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