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Hard News: Nobody wanted #EQNZ for Christmas

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  • Lilith __,

    Apparently we're stressed. So far, so true, but I take issue with this:

    Residents were better equipped to deal with the stress after 15 months of quakes, Neilson said.

    Srsly??

    We've been through this quaky business before, so we know we can probably get through. But our mental health isn't getting magically more resilient. Every time this happens, we hate it and we get upset. We feel exhausted and hopeless.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3419 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lilith __,

    Srsly??

    Grrrrr . . .
    Seems to be the emerging expert-quote pattern, gilding the lily of the bleeding obvious with a touch of loopy conjecture.

    At least they didn't ask Prof. Newbold, who seems to have developed the almost psychic ability to draw a gobsmackingly insensitive conclusion about someone he probably never met. Perhaps some kind of annual dunce's cap award is needed to discourage this rubbish.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3386 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    So it's not about rumours at all.
    It's as Joe said, Sideshow is getting someone else to bare the news.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1145 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    That Newbold is a right nong. How exactly do you determine an 'effeminate' appearance? Sort of like saying that you can tell that Newbold was once a crim by his appearance??

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2288 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Communicator of the year strikes again:

    Cruise-ship tourists from Australia, who (Bob) Parker met in the central city on Monday, were not concerned about the shakes.

    "There is a burgeoning new form of tourism here which is, 'Come to Christchurch, experience an aftershock and have a look at the city'," he said.

    From
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/6211281/Using-old-quake-TV-footage-irresponsible

    One of the most offensive comments I have seen re the earthquakes.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2578 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    so, basically he’s setting up the tourism marketing angle
    “Christchurch: it’ll rock your world”.
    Is he actually trying to promote disaster pørn tourism, or is he just trying to describe some trend that actually exists to some significant degree?
    (What's more offensive about the comment -- his description of this motive, or his apparent approval of it?)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 874 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hebe,

    One of the most offensive comments I have seen re the earthquakes.

    Good grief. Even if it's true that earthquake tourism exists, saying that for publication, where you know your exhausted and anxious citizens will see it -- and using the word "burgeoning"?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18715 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to linger,

    (What's more offensive about the comment -- his description of this motive, or his apparent approval of it?)

    The offensive bit is that Parker's insistence that the show must go on, even when the stage is shattered. Never mind the people who are living through it; as we are now. Again.

    It is exactly the attitude that was highlighted in this report of the handling of the Sept 4 2010, and Boxing Day 2010 shakes aftermath:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/6206847/Council-failed-to-grasp-the-magnitude-of-task

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2578 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    burgeoning

    all about the loot

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sacha,

    all about the loot

    won’t somebody think of the Conomy

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3419 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    Attachment

    Earthquake tourism has been rife and popular for quite some time. I took this image on the 23rd of June 2011 in Durham Street North.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Wouldn't be on one of those in a quake! Sayin.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3419 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lilith __,

    I imagine they'd be fine, what with the gyrostabilisers and all

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    I would be happy to come to any sinkhole site and record it . As it is, i am off now to Richmond to find the one near New World.
    PS: I have driven past the City Art Gallery this afternoon and a security guard is still there while all the grounds around him are cordoned off.
    You would think Bob and his hard working team would get on to it . Tourist walk aimlessly about like drunken sailors with money to spend and nowhere to spend it.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    the City Art Gallery

    still the emergency hq as well?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    Emergency hq? Not sure where it is but there is just nobody anywhere. The building is sans people.
    The guard sits well away from the building.That does make you think what would happen if a big one would surprise us.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    The Gallery reopening situation doesn't seem to have progressed beyond this state of affairs, and no-one seems very forthcoming about the reasons why.
    Coming soon, coming soon . . .

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3386 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    The guard sits well away from the building.That does make you think what would happen if a big one would surprise us.

    On its past record, I’d say that building is safer than houses. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3419 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Art easin' well...

    ...doesn’t seem to have progressed beyond this state of affairs...

    I loved this bit of forward planning
    (or unplanned obsolescence):

    The ceiling in our large foyer needs replacing (its tiles were made in Scandinavia, and they and the systems holding them in place are no longer available).

    Buy Local in future!!
    (though admittedly, that's no guarantee of a business, or its proprietary devices. still existing a decade down the track...)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    There have been public protests outside the civil defence operations centre in that building. Visible security guard is little surprise.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    we are plugging on...

    I would be happy to come to any sinkhole site and record it .

    They are trying to eat cyclists now!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4688 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Sacha,

    I imagine they'd be fine, what with the gyrostabilisers and all

    Unless you're an Australian Cricket Commentator. Although, that may not be a level playing field, so to speak.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2121 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Unrepentant Marryatt confuses ongoing pay rise wth one-off performance bonus.

    The Christchurch City Council's controversial chief executive has defended his $68,000 pay rise, saying it is recognition of his performance during a year in which he has "never worked as hard in my life".

    ...

    Asked whether he should accept the increase after such a tough year for many Christchurch residents, Marryatt said his job was more important than ever.

    "I would say there is a case for the exact opposite. My job has grown immensely. The market remuneration we are talking about is not for my new job, it is for my old job. It is for what the council was in September 2010. The benefit is for the city if they have a motivated and high-performing CEO," he said.

    He would have considered his position in Christchurch if the pay rise had not been approved by councillors.

    "It would have depended how council framed it. I feel I should be paid fair remuneration for the position and if the council had said, `Here is the market remuneration, but your performance has dropped so we are going to pay you like this', I would have said, `Fine, how do I improve my performance?' If they had just said, `Here is what you are performing at, but politically we are going to pay you this.' That would have put me in a position of saying, `Is that how a good employer should operate?' That would have got me thinking," he said.

    ...

    Angry reaction to the pay rise may have been due to earthquake-related stress, he said.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sacha,

    Marryatt sad(e)...*

    Unrepentant Marryatt...

    this is a better link, from The Press itself
    - better photo plus the avalanche of comments...

    *...unwilling to take a bath it seems
    the tumbrels will be circling the CCC building on February 1st

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    better photo plus the avalanche of comments

    so true

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

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