For me it wasn't for any of the above reasons that "Hope and Wire" fails. It fails because of the ongoing alienation we feel by the minister for earthquake recovery having first excluded us from the CBD, then illegally red zoning entire communities, and lastly feeding us to the insurance wolves is not a finished story. Telling the first bit only seems impatient and a much much larger story of the daily frustrations since the earthquakes will also be told one day. In the meantime "Hope and Wire" feels like an exercise in opportunism. What does the "Wire" refer to anyway?