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Hard News: Hope and Wire

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  • Ian Dalziel,

    Brownlee Trumpets big news!

    More than 1000 government staff will work in central Christchurch by 2016, dispelling the notion of a ''doughnut effect'' in the city, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

    Wahoo! Dollars for Doughnuts!
    This is what constitutes a major CBD announcement by the Minister is it?

    Old news, gift-wrapped up to cover the smell of perfidy...

    - when this exact same thing was announced by the Prime Mincer in September last year it was '1700 jobs'!
    Now it's 1100. We've been robbed already!

    Prior to that in July there had been reports of:

    "A plan to bring 2500 public servants back into central Christchurch has prompted more than 20 responses from property developers and landlords to accommodate them"

    see:

    Then again in September:

    "Central Christchurch just got a major kick-start.
    Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday about 1700 government employees would relocate to offices around City Mall in 2016 as part of the city's earthquake recovery. "

    and here too

    even as recently as April.


    So why is Gerry Brownlee insultingly selling us this as something new, and wonderful?
    Do they just not remember, or not care, what they've said?

    I guess we should be lucky he remembers our name...

    Enough!!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    How Brownlee has not looked to other Countries and their solutions is beyond me. Stupid, stupid.

    other countries put the needs of their citizens ahead of foreign re-insurers and other financiers.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to LG,

    What does the “Wire” refer to anyway?

    I believe the song lyrics talk about being held together with hope and wire.
    #8

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    The severe shaking on 22 Feb 2011 lasted 12 seconds, only.

    [ source (pdf)]

    “[the paper covers] 6 damaging earthquakes, on
    4 September and 26 December 2010, February 22, June 6 and two on June 13, 2011. Most notable of these was the 4 September event, at Ms7.1 and MM7 (MM as observed in the Christchurch CBD) and most intense was the 22 February event at Ms6.3 and MM9‐10 within the CBD.”

    “While the duration of strong shaking of each earthquake was short (around 10 to 15 seconds) the cumulative duration of strong shaking was over 60 seconds.”

    (page 3 of the pdf has a fascinating chart of ground acceleration in February vs September).

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings, in reply to Sacha,

    I believe it refers to felt hearts which were strung on wire fences around Lyttelton.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    Preston linked those two things together according to one of the stories I read over the weekend (probably linked from here, can't recall).

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Hebe,

    in Gerry’s Ilam, where the residents object to us parking for five minutes in the street to pick up our kids – who otherwise spend 80 minutes on a bus trip that should take 35 minutes).

    Un- fucking- believable.

    Well, no, not really. Pretty much what you'd expect from his ilk.

    We were on our way to Wellington to a 'protest' meeting at the Beehive last year (about a completely different issue). It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and our Bus decided to play up....we were in a small town in the King Country.
    We found a young mechanic, still working at that hour who not only fixed our Bus for free but took a genuine interest in our mission.

    Guess what he asked us to do?

    Guess what to him was the biggest failure the Government was involved with at the time?

    Christchurch.

    "If you see that Brownlee fella" he said, "tell him to sort those poor people out".

    Pretty simple really.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    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.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/10244853/CTV-journalists-barred-from-wreath-laying

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Just thinking,

    FFS! How cruel. :((

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    This story in today's Press explains most of the reasons we're trying to find 5 to 6k to have our house assessed by a structural engineer. A former policeman did the inside; a builder the outside. In an hour. While trying to get the new iPads to work.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/10243442/EQC-floor-level-assessments-inadequate

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Hebe,

    This story in today’s Press explains

    Then in todays Harold Labour want change for the sake of the peoples.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Then in todays Harold Labour want change for the sake of the peoples.

    Well this sounds good, and not before time. Maybe they'll send Roger "promoted beyond his competence" Sutton back to doing what he did so well, because on top of all the other crap, nobody needs this

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Promise to renegotiate govt-council cost-sharing agreement for big projects. "All options on the table."

    Excellent.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Minnie Ball,

    I had every intention to watch this series. But on the first night, I had a massive argument with my husband about our drains being dug up for the third time in our flooded/ munted house. street...So I was busy.
    I really appreciate what you wrote Ian...'
    I think that to many Hope and Wire will be like seeing their brilliant ‘novel’ badly filmed by a committee'.
    I realised that the Earthquake is still in every pore of my being, oozing out in all that I think and most of what I do and I realised...'this is just a group of people's ideas of this terrible thing that happened. It might be good...it might be bad. I don't know. I'll watch it one day....if I feel like it. But while I have re-runs of what happened beneath this city every day...I'd rather not."
    Still, all this time later.,most days, I still hear the power of the mechanic, the hairdresser, the nurse, the friend, telling me their story. It just comes out and I always shut up and listen and feel so quiet and hushed. Everything stands still. This drama may not be my story. It's ok...I don't have to give it any credence. I contain my own story. I hope it helps someone understand something that doesn't make any sense.

    CHCH • Since May 2014 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret Gordon,

    For me the worst thing about Hope and Wire was opening with skinheads.
    Christchurch hasn't been a skinhead centre since the late 80s and I personally get really annoyed when people trot out this misconception about the city.
    Then to see it in the first minute of Hope and Wire - how can I trust a director to tell any story with honesty and integrity when the first thing she does is get it wrong? All she needed to do was ask someone from Christchurch. There's lots of us around.
    My friends and I have had many laughs at the expense of this production.

    New Zealand • Since Jul 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Margaret Gordon,

    Christchurch hasn't been a skinhead centre since the late 80s

    nice try

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6674286/White-power-movement-delivers-warning

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Margaret is right though. Even Chapman boasting said their march only had 115 people. There are about 400, 000 of us. Not even 1 in 3000 (at a guess) of our people would identify with these idiots. Yet they are given prominence - because it's a stereotypical Chch slur.
    No thoughts on the 2nd installment?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    nice try

    And you a disability advocate and all. Shame on you. Because once you're past the Press's deliberate beating up of the significance of that handful of unfortunates, you'll find that Chchch's notorious skinheads are pretty much all sickness benficiaries, most with psychiatric issues. A couple of weeks on the till at an all-night BP, watching the poor sods emote over the ATM when their benefits fail to come through, might provide a balance to the kind of media BS you've happily linked to.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    most disabled people manage not to be racists, apparently

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    You're wrong Sacha. There are bugger all skins left in Christchurch. Even Kyle Chapman has left town.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Minnie Ball,

    Hope you are ok Minnie.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hebe,

    good

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    No thoughts on the 2nd installment?

    didn't get to watch or record. how was it?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Minnie Ball,

    I contain my own story

    and I do respect that. nothing personal

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    Even Kyle Chapman has left town.

    Is that right? It can't be for the promised white homeland somewhere in North Canterbury, because as far as I know WINZ refused to buy it for the camo boys.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

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