Beautifully written, and so calm as well.
Disaster 101: Those who fight the battle are not the ones to build the peace. Ngai Tahu changed the guard and by passed Sir Tipene O'Regan once the court case was won. Hamilton & Brownlee should be thanked and replace. Hamilton wasn't thanked and Brownlee has not been replaced.
Did Civil Defense fail as an organisation? I think it did and this role must be taken over by NZDF. They have the people, the training and the gear. Probus need to find another hobby.
Where are any learnings in the Blue Print?
What we all learned was to spread the risk. What we've got is concentrations of our essential service on two city blocks,with no scope for redundancy of service. Any thing from a bomb threat to a burst water main will stop all of our regions emergency services from operating.
Shall we talk of carpet baggers and cowboys?
This is the real mind fuck and this is where you really have to fight, constantly insist on these guys to to the job as stated. I was told "physics has nothing to do with earth quakes" by Fletchers EQR inspector. He just spouted total rubbish to justify inaction or dodgy work.
Four years on there is light and hope for a better tomorrow and not just because EQR are closing.
This story needs some fleshing out. I suspect the specter of Hamilton still casts a shadow here.
Campbell has done really well in covering Christchurch.
As for Aucklanders, send us some more strong young people, we'll give them a trade and a new future.
Colins isn't the Attorney General, but this ugly business does undermine the fabric of our legal system.
A Constitutional crisis in a country without a constitution or firm rules for appointing Judges.
I think I would quite like a follow up mini-series. There are some good stories, like the $3K Winz workers. These are the guys & gals we need and it is working.
Buildings are going up and infrastructure is getting fixed. This is a 10-20 yr project, there is no quick fix.
Would it be positive to offer $3k for the unemployable to leave Christchurch? This may sound callus, but if they haven't picked up a full time long term job by now in Christchurch, they won't in the future and the city no-longer has the facilities it once had.
I don't watch CTV any more these days, but being barred by the Police and Dept of Internal Affairs from reporting on the CTV building service for PM Abe is, odd to say the least.
Absolutely agreed, and as I'm over 120kg, being a weightless rage doll was a new and novel experience.
We've stopped peeing in the garden now, but still please don't let the kiddies play in puddles or floods in Christchurch.
Sorry to hear that Alice. I find flowers in the Road Cones a beautiful thing (except if they're from my garden). Look after yourself out there.
Len is Murray Horton, isn’t he?
I’ve met Monee many times, sometimes a she is a homeless man in a crumpled suit liberated from a now demolished Hotel. And it was good to see the strength of the elderly displayed which was so very true. It misses the overwhelming compassion and genuine love simply everyone had for their fellow man for the best part of a year.
The cardboard cutout skinhead is too contrived, but still holds a truth in that only the dozen or so total scum still in the city took such liberties, rather than liberating beer it should have been those emergency generators. Christchurch’s crime rate in the wake of the quakes was pretty close to zero.
I was witness to a high court case being concluded at a bus stop next to a rubbish bin, about July 11. Everyone knew the score at that stage and a quick decision was a good decision.
Not comparable to when a City falls, and it isn’t long enough to show how time impacts on us all..
I did find it an emotional experience all the same and glad it was made.
So we can marine farm on our own land in the sea?
What happens to land titles if the sea level rises, do we all get blue water title and riparian rights over the old home section?