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Speaker: The CERA transition that no one wants to talk about

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  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    (it didn't like the full stop straight after the raw link. fixed now)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    +1 :)

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Alastair Thompson,

    And when you make a submission say that you want to be heard in person. Christchurch needs to come to Wellington.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 220 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Submit submit submit: here's Gerard Smyth's video about why we need you all to pipe up and tell Cera to pipe down


    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • chris, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I couldn’t not make a comparison with the well-funded change-the-flag roadshow. It really is about what those in power want discussed

    Chin up, just yesterday the leader of the opposition proposed building a new anthem for use with the 35,000 capacity covered stadium. It’s understood that both will be completed in time for the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017. To the upstarts who would accuse those in central Government of being out of touch …pshaw!

    On a more pragmatic note, I made a submission, it was hard going but that video helped a lot Hebe.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Just squeaked in:

    Dear Minister

    It's concerning, reading chapter 5 of the draft plan, that the emphasis
    is on attracting investment and development as a good in its own right,
    but the aspirations of citizens for their city are ignored.

    The current focus on preserving land values, concentrating ownership
    into large blocks for anchor projects and implementing a
    centrally-determined plan must be changed: it is this desire to execute
    a central plan come what may that has stalled progress.

    The "step change" that is required is a more flexible and responsive
    attitude to planning that takes into account what residents and property
    owners want, as well as what central government thinks they ought to have.

    This is why handover to the Council, the only democratic body in the
    city, is so critical.

    A more democratic, responsive approach is critical in meeting the goal
    of psycho-social recovery. International research shows that regaining a
    sense of agency through genuine citizen participation is crucial to this.

    This needs to be coupled with an emphasis on recovery of the whole city,
    including the suburbs and particularly the hardest hit eastern suburbs.

    As an aside, it is intriguing to see the challenge of commercial
    discipline noted in the context of the convention centre and covered
    stadium projects. Leaving aside their impact on urban form,
    international experience shows such projects rarely if ever make
    commercial sense for cities but instead constitute an effective subsidy
    for professional sport and the hospitality sector. Citizens need the
    ability to choose whether the benefits to them justify this subsidy.

    This is why of the options in s5.2 of the plan I support an extended
    option 3 that puts the city council in charge and includes the city as a
    whole in its scope.

    Yours sincerely

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Well said Stephen.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Former Canterbury district commander Dave Cliff has been "loaned" from Wellington traffic duties to oversee the winding-down of CERA.

    According to Canterbury Communities' Earthquake Recovery Network spokeswoman Leanne Curtis, Cliff 'came across as trustworthy and empathetic in the weeks after the February 2011 quake.' As some may recall, Cliff's 'empathy' appeared to fail him when he presided over the shameful post-quake scapegoating of a young disabled man.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Lilith __,

    Thanks Stephen - well said. My submission was long the same lines, but much less lovely and less temperate :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    As some may recall, Cliff’s ‘empathy’ appeared to fail him when he presided over the shameful post-quake scapegoating of a young disabled man.

    When I saw that, it brought back the anger I felt all over again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Dita De Boni has written an excellent piece in the Herald summarising Brownlee's mishandling of the ChCh rebuild and his "systematic disempowering of those who live there."

    It's a master class in paternalism, yet hardly without precedent in Canterbury. In 2010, then-Environment Minister Amy Adams oversaw the sacking of democratically elected Canterbury Regional Council members, with the side effect that farms such as her family's were able to access a contentious water scheme.

    After the quakes, the Government decided behind closed doors to restore the horizontal infrastructure of the city to the state it was before the quake - rather than the better, future-proofed versions city folk had been promised.

    This year there's been a closed-shop granting of Fletcher Residential the right to develop prime commercial and residential land - about 20 per cent of the central city - by compulsorily acquiring much of the land for the building of expensive apartments.

    Let's also not forget the Christchurch Convention Centre, which the Government seems hell-bent on building at a cost of $400 million to the taxpayer, despite hardly any locals being behind it (other than Christchurch Canterbury Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce - and Minister Nicky Wagner).

    A number of people are getting very rich from the ChCh rebuild while shoddy repairs signed off by Fletchers and ECQ appear to have been the norm.

    Christchurch deserves better.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Alfie,

    It’s a master class in paternalism

    And lies. For all to see - over and over and over.

    Evidently, corporate NZ sees this "paternalism" as "pragmatism";


    Trading Snakeoil - it's a mad world, eh :-).

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    the Transit of Heinous…

    …while shoddy repairs signed off by Fletchers and EQC appear to have been the norm.

    Brownlee’s aberrant Through the Looking Glass grasp of his Bizarro World allows him and his agencies to avoid any blame whatsoever, apparently!
    He’s rustling up support for saddling up a posse to chase the long-gone cowboys…

    Damn that Kool-Aid’s good, hit me again….

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

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