About to pay out big bucks to emigrate to Christchurch, NZ to help out with the rebuild?
Wait. Before you do, did you know that there really isn’t much of a rebuild going on, and what there is is painfully slow. That’s deliberate, the process is rumoured to be dragged out for at least the next 10 years so as to provide a fillip to the NZ economy.
It’s been three years since the earthquake and the rebuild has been painfully protracted, not a good look for a supposedly first world country and a living nightmare for people living in damaged homes. Maybe New Zealand should follow the examples set by Chile?
From today’s press:
Christchurch’s recovery is “painstakingly slow”, say key rebuild firms who blame local and central government for hampering progress.
A damning survey by the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) shows major banks, construction companies and engineering firms believe the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and the Christchurch City Council (CCC) are holding back the rebuild.
Some of those surveyed called for Cera to be axed and for an independent board to be set up to replace it.
The interim research results were leaked to The Press after the NZCID presented the findings to its members this month.
The procurement and prioritisation of anchor projects, investment strategy and the lack of alignment between the council and the Crown were among the most heavily criticised aspects in the report.
The survey, carried out in February and March, showed the performance of the region’s recovery agencies had slumped since a similar survey last year.
When asked about leadership, just under 80 per cent of respondents described it as weak or very weak.
The biggest criticism was the alignment between central and local Government, which 40 per cent of respondents said was very weak and another 35 per cent said was weak.
Visible evidence of progress was described by nearly 75 per cent as weak or very weak…”
You can read the full report here.
This poster on r/newzealand made a very salient observation about the article. The reaction it received shows how people’s perceptions have become distorted.
“I think what he said is quite accurate and sums up the dismal city. It was a faux English nasty in a backward colony that always managed to surprise with its shitty borrowed class politics and narrow minded, one-eyed community dialogues. The earthquake may be the first of many if there is any justice or natural determinant for being same.”
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Long suffering and angry homeowners, messed about for the last three years are deeply unhappy. Not only are they making heaps of complaints about shoddy work they’ve also been taking repair workers hostage and threatening them with knives and machetes
One contractor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an agreement with Fletcher EQR, said there were regular reports of homeowners who were treated badly, but there was little in the public spotlight about the other side of the story.
“It’s getting worse in terms of homeowners’ tempers,” he said. “Some people behave like real a……..”
Some of his 40 employees had been locked in rooms and threatened with knives and machetes.
Shooting, Bomb and Death threats
Incidents of angry Cantabrians threatening to blow up earthquake repair hubs and shoot staff have been documented in The Press…
Fletcher EQR spends thousands of dollars on extra security to protect its 700 staff from threats and verbal abuse from homeowners.
In March, a New Brighton man flung a fire extinguisher at contractors after his “living hell” dealing with earthquake authorities.
EQC had also fielded death threats. One person had said they would go up to an EQC facility with a gun and shoot someone…
Raving, Shouting Lunatics
Last year, Christchurch City councilor Ali Jones helped organise protests against insurance company Southern Response, he told the press
“There is something about dealing with these earthquake issues that turns people into raving shouting lunatics,”… more
- Christchurch Rebuild Stalls As Problems Mount (Sept 2011)
- Christchurch and Canterbury then and now, three years after the earthquake (Feb 2014)
- Christchurch Earthquake: Elderly Russian Immigrants Nikolai and Irina Zvyagin STILL Homeless in Socially Progressive New Zealand (Apr 2014)