Southerly by David Haywood

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Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad News For You

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  • chris, in reply to DeepRed,

    Classy

    中国 • Since Jan 2010 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Brendon Burns didn't do too bad here.
    I fear his tough outer shell may crack and expose a chewy marange centre.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5688773/Historic-Places-Trust-gutless-with-Cera

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Just thinking,

    Give them the mandate and I believe they would be happy help you. It’s a team, remember. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6268 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Keeping up with the Jones (or Joneses)*
    Sir Bob weighs in on the future of the Chch CBD
    and I suspect he has some good points, unpalatable perhaps,
    but close to a truth as things stand (or don't, as the case may be)...

    * I'll leave the pedantry to the British Journal of Anaesthesia

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5058 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    I hear there's deal deal in the wings over the BoR.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Just thinking,

    I hear there’s (a) deal in the wings over the BoR.

    The Chchch we now live in is an "RSA about face" place....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5058 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Bitter in-fighting has replaced the initial shock and grief. Cantabrian has turned on Cantabrian: A distanced perspective, unconstrained by the crippling timidity that blights our local media, from Peter Bills in South Africa's Cape Argus.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Do you think this is fair?
    We all have whanau in the east who have been without a toilet for over a year.
    I've not come across this divide or any resentment to those who are leaving.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Just thinking,

    Do you think this is fair?

    If you mean is it a fair overview of the post-quakes situation, I believe that it's a pretty good snapshot of how things were at the time the article was published (September 20}.

    I don't get to read the letters to the Press, but I've been looking at the online comments. There have been some very ugly sentiments expressed, including a few that seem to stem from outright snobbery. You don't have to be too paranoid to suspect an orchestrated campaign to portray quake victims as opportunists. Brownlee, elements of the insurance industry, and the Parker faction of the City Council all have a vested interest in hoping that they'll give up and roll over.

    For me the sudden surge of support for Bob Jones's opinion piece on rebuilding the CBD is an indication of how fast the mood here is evolving. It's certainly blindsided The Press and the City Council, both of which have long fancied that they can manage the public mood. People are plainly fed up with being fobbed off with cynical window dressing such as "Have Your Say". What's changed since Peter Bills's article appeared is that they're moving on from blaming one another to demanding realistic answers.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    That is precisely what I am hearing from whanau in the eastern suburbs.
    People who expressed anything but the “official” version (“We’re all in this together, and anyone who runs away or says different, is letting the side down”)
    have had a gutsful of being so impugned…and are"demanding realistic answers."

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

    have had a gutsful of being so impugned…and are"demanding realistic answers.”

    I have no patience for reading all the “spin” too when I believe, (from the outside looking in) that it is insulting to the intelligence of Cantabrians, no matter how polite you all are. A quick glance at the Herald has unfortunately nothing but dismal news and virtually nothing about what this Government is doing about anything for Christchurch. I guess they are “relaxed ” about it now. :(

    Not that I think te Herald is a great information source but it is common to the country and available for a broken down city

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6268 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Fair enough, the bile does build up on stuff from time to time. And search the CTV youtube page for the interview where they say "Have your say" was all about you telling us what we want ... er no I mean..."
    Face to face in the people I meet I don't see it.
    Obsfucation is the Official Operation, well untill after the election.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Not that I think te Herald is a great information source but it is common to the country and available for a broken down city

    As part of the group that owns the widely-circulated Christchurch Star giveaway, they're only as parochial as they choose to be. For example, their online photo & video coverage of the quakes rivaled the local Fairfax stuff.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Too modest – was/is much better-
    (one of my South family is collecting all of it…)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Red Zone Moaners, are they reasonable from the Press - hopefully they aren't implying that the lovely couple and their children pictured are in any way moaners, - explainer, questioners and solution seekers, yes...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5058 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    A great article by the marvellously well-informed Janine Starks. Like her earlier piece on red zone issues, it's a refreshing change from the usual mealy-mouthed timidity.

    A pity that the Press has attempted to headline it as bait for the usual idiot's auction of online comments.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I wonder how that 5,5 we had at 8.34pm
    went down at the fanzone in Hagley Park ?
    - I almost left the lounge!
    Hmmm - is it a Full Moon out there....

    Good(ish) turn out at the Bexley area rally today
    (No National MPs or Bob Parker, as usual)
    Rev Coleman, Clayton Cosgrove and some passionate citizens
    (apologies from Lianne Dalziel and Yani Johanson)
    Good to see Mr Wylie also...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5058 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    is it a Full Moon out there

    just an astrologer's pallid arse

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    I wonder how that 5,5 we had at 8.34pm
    went down at the fanzone in Hagley Park ?

    Folks were strangely calm, reacted but settled down to the game almost instantly. The big screens did wobble, rather.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1574 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    We have a couple of Zombies in the office again.
    They're here in body, but shit scared, their nerves have had it.
    Resignations half written, but not yet able to leave.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    In my Westside Story, I've just had EQC through and they put my mind to rest and just a floor board here, a tile there and some plaster & paint.
    And I do know how lucky I am, mate. I do know how lucky I am.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    At the risk of becoming a single-issue poster(ior), I have been having a nose around the Royal Commission into the Earthquakes website, just because I'd like to know what the learned are saying without the filter of a journalist and his/her deadlines and word limits. http://canterbury.royalcommission.govt.nz/
    The submissions are available printed and on video.

    One that caught my eye today and seems very under-reported is this: http://canterbury.royalcommission.govt.nz/documents-by-key/20111003.24 I haven't seen any analysis of this submission by Rachel Ford and Ed Radley, and I don't understand the technical bits well enough to draw conclusions, so I'd be interested to read comments from someone who can sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Hebe,

    Wow. That is damning stuff if true. I don't have the background to assess it properly either, mind.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    . . . I'd be interested to read comments from someone who can sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Amen to that. Many thanks Hebe.
    They appear to refer to the same largely ignored risk assessment report prepared by OPUS Consultants for ECAN, mentioned in Joel Cayford's revelatory posting from last July.

    Interesting use of the term "Geologist grapevine".

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

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