web analytics
The Standard

Brownlee makes tectonic plates look like speed demons

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 27th, 2012 - 23 comments
Categories: disaster, Gerry Brownlee - Tags:

After 18 months of doing nothing to fix the insurance crisis that every man and his dog has been saying is crippling the Christchurch rebuild, Overlord Brownlee has finally acted. He’s come out with …. wait for it ….. a big whinge at insurance companies. Oh bravo, Generalissimo Gerry. That’ll get the rebuild started. Well done, oh King of Christchurch. Your belated rant has saved us all.

23 comments on “Brownlee makes tectonic plates look like speed demons”

  1. ad 1

    Utterly pathetic. Sees a fully mandated City plan from Christchurch, and deliberately cuts it up and slows its implementation down.

    If there’s one thing I am utterly confident a Labour-led administration would have done better than this lot, it’s rebuilding Christchurch. The masterplanning for Hobsonville in Auckland, for example, is outstanding. It has partnered the private sector in a manner that delivers a whole range of sound social and environmental outcomes. I don’t like all of it. But it was formed and imagined and first funded under the Helen Clark government.

    The disdain he has shown for Christchurch City and in fact most other democratic intitutions there is staggering – and you never speed anything up by shutting major allies out of the picture.

    For him to have a crack at insurers, when the lack of leadership from him or central government is pretty stark now, has breathtaking gall.

    • Dr Terry 1.1

      ANY damn administration could have done better than this lot! But I must ask again, “ÏS the Government in any hurry to repair Christchurch?” (A “go slow” has benefits – for one thing, it provides a never ending excuse for the state of the economy, an even better tool than endlessly blaming the previous Labour administration for whatever National fouls up (though this too keeps being hauled up to excuse ineptitude).

  2. The Central Scutinizer 2

    General Gerry hopefully has an insurance policy on patience. Now that he has lost his patience, he will be able to make a claim and get a hefty payout further delaying settlements to the poor buggers that are still shitting in porta loos. Wait! his protegee Side Show Bob will be loosing his patients next.

  3. felix 3

    Did I miss something or has Brownlee recently become Minister of Transport? He’s been answering as such in the house lately.

    Whether this is a permanent or temporary position the same question applies: Why the fuck is he doing ANYTHING else while there’s work to do in Christchurch?

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      There’s work to do in Christchurch? You must be mistaken, market forces are going to look after that.

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 3.1.1

        ”Now the private sector needs to do the sort of things that the private sector claims it can do so particularly well.”

        King Brownlee doesn’t sound very confident.

      • mike e 3.1.2

        Force everybody to leave for Aus

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2

      Yes he is Minister of Transport

  4. Plan B 4

    AMI paid out and made the others look bad, it had to be put down and then handed on a plate to the biggest domestic insurance company operating in New Zealand creating a single entity that controlled most of the market – although it does use several brand names.

  5. Tom Gould 5

    If there were sausage rolls involved, Gerry would be all over it.

  6. Jim Nald 6

    Heard the dodo on Morning Report today.
    Quite frankly, he is an embarrassment in the extreme.

  7. AMI went bust through incompetent management, nothing else.
    The government is still bailing they policyholders out to a $1 billion, in respect of the Earthquake claims.
    The balance of the other than the EQ claims business, ie Fire, Motor policies etc in other parts of New Zealand, has been sold to the Aussies because nobody else in New Zealand would touch them.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      has been sold to the Aussies because nobody else in New Zealand would touch them.

      BS

      They were sold overseas because overseas owners would pay the highest price. Classic socialisation of losses and privatisation of profits.

      The Government bailout of AMI should have been a full takeover of the company, and shareholders should have been crushed. That’s what should happen when incompetent management (as you put it) bury a private company.

      • Phil 7.1.1

        AMI was mutually owned – the policyholders were the shareholders. If the government had “crushed the shareholders” it would have left 30% of Christchurch homeowners out of pocket.

  8. hoom 8

    I’m curious that he takes a dig at the ‘market will provide’ ethos

    ”Now the private sector needs to do the sort of things that the private sector claims it can do so particularly well.”

    Can there possibly be a creeping recognition within the Nats that the market actually doesn’t necessarily provide?
    Is he threatening regulation/nationalisation?
    If so is it a credible threat?

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 8.1

      A rare moment of clarity? Or was it just foot-in-mouth disease?

      • fender 8.1.1

        All of the above plus Brownlee is trying to distract from the illegal behaviour that the judge termed: “stepped outside the legal limits” of his CERA ACT powers and made a “serious error” in denying the developers appeal rights.

        More bullying to distract from the earlier bullying.

  9. MrSmith 9

    All I can say to those that live outside Christchurch and are worried about a big Quake hitting their area, “don’t worry about the quake” what you really have to worry about is having to deal with EQC under a National Government anyway.

    Basically people, in an earthquake EQC is an insurance policy, on roughly the first $100k’s damage to your house,, people I talk to are under the illusion there is a big pot of money somewhere, when all the government does is use your EQC premiums to insure against the first 100k damage with an offshore insurance company, the problem is that EQC weren’t ready for an event like this and how could they be, but at the end of the day and after almost two years it was Gerry Brownlee’s job to iron out the problems and he has sat around waiting for the market to fix things, like the head up his Ass tory he is.

    • Fortran 9.1

      Nobody could have reasionably foreseen these Earthquakes in Christchurch, or had enough vision to the cumulative costs.
      Over the years the Council ignored any advice they received from the Scientists, and others, as to the possibility.
      That EQC had overseas REINSURANCE is a blessing – it saved the Taxpayers something like $6billion out of a $12billion plus total claim.
      Government (Taxpayers) are still the ultimate funder whatever.

      • MrSmith 9.1.1

        Well Fortran, the government made me take out an insurance policy for the first 115k of damage to my house in the event of an earthquake, if they were under insured then that’s hardly my fault is it, they fucked up so they/us have to pay, what I am saying is an earthquake of this magnitude is everyone worst nightmare, but dealing with EQC another disaster you have to deal with daily if you want any progress, if you don’t hit the 115k threshold then the nightmare has only just begun, having to deal with EQC for the last 18 odd months has been the same nightmare over and over again.

        The reason people take insurance is so if needed you will be no worse off after the event, in the case of EQC a lot of the costs fall on the property owners in my case thousands of dollars with no right under the act to claim those costs.

        So I’m worse off with a broken home that can’t be repaired because now a special foundation has to be designed sometime in the future etc etc this property is rented but as a result of the damage the rent is well below it’s market rental, if I had gone over the 115k I would have been at-least been dealing with my insurance company with my own agent getting on with the job at their expense.

        • SamIwas 9.1.1.1

          @MrSmith

          Actually you can thank the private insurers for that as well. Before last September’s declaratory judgment, forced upon everyone by the private insurers, EQC would have simply tallied up your total damage, paid you out cap and left you to deal with the insurers. But because they were looking to limit their liability, private insurers sought an order from the High Court that EQC cover reinstates after every single natural disaster event. So with every earthquake in Canterbury, EQC has to reassess all of your damage up to that point (previous unrepaired damage may have exacerbated additional damage etc) and assign the damage to each event accordingly.

          This was a huge blow to EQC’s progress, while the insurers managed to lump a huge amount of additional liability on to taxpayers. Throw in the ridiculous complexities of land damage (a lot of Christchurch was built on crap land) and you’ve got the perfect recipe for long delays.

          This isn’t to exonerate EQC altogether – they have stuffed up in their own way – but they have managed to pay out nearly $4 billion in mostly building claims in the past 20 months, which isn’t bad going, for any response to a massive catastrophe, anywhere in the world.

  10. MrSmith 10

    SamIwas: You seem to be cheer leading for Brownlee “it’s all the private insurers fault” and they may be partly to blame, but this is just an example of how the insurance market quickly abandons you when the risks get to high.

    All it appears the insurers did was remind EQC through the High court of their responsibilities, if EQC had a case they would have appealed the judgment and won.

    $4 billion spent and all I wanted was someone to answer the bloody phone.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New figures show speculators rampant
    New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Reserve Bank data shows mortgage lending was up 6 per… ...
    18 hours ago
  • Spring is here – not pollen your leg
    It’s the first day of spring, and many people will be thinking about getting stuck into the weeds in the garden ready for planting. This year September is also Bee Aware Month. While there is a lack of movement from… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    21 hours ago
  • Government must do more to help global refugee crisis
    John Key must urgently increase our refugee quota and let New Zealand play its part in helping address the tragic humanitarian crisis unfolding around the world, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The refugee crisis in countries like Lebanon and Austria… ...
    21 hours ago
  • The latest equal pay case – Go the Midwives
    ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    23 hours ago
  • Key’s threat to veto premature
    John Key’s threat that he might use a financial veto against the Bill that will introduce 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave is premature and based on inflated costings, says the bill’s sponsor, Labour ‘s Sue Moroney.  “The Government keeps saying… ...
    2 days ago
  • Reflections on the plastic bag tour
    After a marathon public tour around New Zealand that took me to 29 different places around New Zealand from the far north of Kaitaia to the deep south of Invercargill to talk about phasing out plastic bag use, I wanted… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 days ago
  • Labour celebrates Tongan language and diversity
    Tongan Language Week is a timely reminder of the importance and beauty of our Pacific culture, identity and language in New Zealand, says our first Tongan born, Tongan speaking MP Jenny Salesa.  The theme for Tongan Language Week in 2015… ...
    2 days ago
  • Privatising CYF about ideology not care
    John Key’s suggestions today that Child Youth and Family could be privatized will be a terrifying thought for New Zealanders already dealing with the mess created in private prisons and plans to sell our state houses to Australians, Opposition Leader… ...
    2 days ago
  • Govt must make most of Jetstar competition
    Government agencies should pledge to always buy “the best fare of the day” to maximise competition between Jetstar and Air New Zealand and ensure savings for taxpayers while boosting services to regional New Zealand, Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Phil Twyford says.… ...
    2 days ago
  • Time for inquiry into petrol margins
    It’s time for an inquiry into petrol companies as margins are once again at the high levels that prompted concerns late last year, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Stuart Nash. "Over the December January holiday period, petrol importer margins jumped to… ...
    5 days ago
  • More talk as Auckland congestion worsens
    The main impact of the Government’s agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the city’s traffic congestion, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “Government has been aware for more than… ...
    6 days ago
  • Serco inquiry extended
    A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “My office received a tsunami of complaints so I’m not surprised the terms… ...
    6 days ago
  • Truck Shops ignore consumer laws
    A damning Commerce Commission report out today highlights the failure of the Government to protect poor and vulnerable families from unscrupulous truck shops, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer. “The report found that 31 out of 32 firms it… ...
    6 days ago
  • Taihoa at Ihumatao says Labour
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has called on the Government to rethink its controversial Special Housing Area in Māngere. Auckland Council is today meeting to discuss the development which borders the Otuataua Stonefield Historic Reserve. This project is to get… ...
    6 days ago
  • Figures suggest National deliberately excluded farming
    Figures showing the dairy industry would be categorised as high risk if there were a further five severe injuries within a year, strongly suggests National designed its flawed system to deliberately exclude farming, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bleak report on the state of our children
    A damning conclusion by the Children’s Commissioner today that ‘we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good’ should make fixing CYFs a top priority for this Government, says… ...
    6 days ago
  • Dodgy data used to justify axing KiwiSaver kickstart
    National’s agenda to run down KiwiSaver has become even clearer from a scathing critique of the Government’s justification for axing the $1000 kickstart, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Since National came to power they have not only continually undermined… ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsecure website risks Ashley MoBIEson hack
    Experts have raised security concerns that vulnerabilities in MoBIE’s half million-dollar website could lead to a possible Ashley Maddison-style hack, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “The real issue here is not what data is immediately available, but what… ...
    7 days ago
  • Democracy still the loser in Canterbury
    The Government has demonstrated once again how arrogant and out of touch it is in denying Cantabrians the same democratic rights as the rest of the country, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Environment Canterbury Bill which has been… ...
    7 days ago
  • Waiver cost still a mystery
    The Government still has no idea what it’s going to cost community and voluntary groups to get a waiver from the fees police will charge to carry out checks on their staff and volunteers, says Labour’s Community and Voluntary spokesperson… ...
    7 days ago
  • China exports fall 27 per cent in a year
    Exports to China have fallen by 27 per cent over the last 12 months - showing that the looming economic slowdown should have been expected by the Government, says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark. “The Chinese economic slowdown should… ...
    7 days ago
  • National should support all families for 26 weeks
    Families with multiple babies, and those born prematurely or with disabilities, are the winners from moves to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks but the Government must give all babies the same head start in life, Labour’s spokesperson for… ...
    7 days ago
  • National’s health and safety shambles puts school camps at risk
    Reports that schools are considering scrapping student camps and tearing out playgrounds highlights just how badly National has managed its health and safety reforms, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools have been left completely in the dark about the… ...
    7 days ago
  • National’s asset stripping agenda hits schools
    National’s fire-sale of school houses and land is short-sighted, mean-spirited, and will have huge unintended consequences that we will pay for in years to come, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Documents obtained by Labour show the Ministry of Education… ...
    7 days ago
  • Takahe massacre supposed to get all New Zealanders involved in conservation
    The Minister’s claim that a  botched cull of one of New Zealand’s rarest birds was a way of getting all New Zealanders involved in conservation is offensive and ludicrous, Labour’s conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.  “An email from Minister Maggie… ...
    1 week ago
  • Serco circus rolls on with revelations of fight club practice
    Further revelations that a Serco prison guard was coaching inmates on fight club techniques confirms a fully independent inquiry needs to take place, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The Minister’s statement today that a guard was coaching sparring techniques… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government targets put ahead of students’ education
    The Government must urgently reassess the way it sets NCEA targets after a new report found they are forcing schools to “credit farm” and are undermining the qualification, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “A PPTA report released today says… ...
    1 week ago
  • ER patients in corridors as health cuts bite
    Patients are being forced to wait for hours on beds in corridors as cash strapped hospitals struggle to keep up with budget cuts, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “People coming to the emergency room and being forced to wait… ...
    1 week ago
  • Not too late to fix Health and Safety for New Zealand’s workers
    The Government and its minor party supporters are showing an arrogant disregard for workers’ lives by not agreeing to a cross-party solution to the botched Health and Safety bill, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday I wrote to the Prime… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Council of Infrastructure Development
    Tēnā Kotou Katoa. Thank you so much for having me along to speak today. Can I begin by acknowledging John Rae, the President, and Stephen Selwood, the chief executive of the Council for Infrastructure Development. ...
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank points finger at Govt inaction
    In scathing criticism of the Government’s inaction, the Reserve Bank says Auckland housing supply is growing nowhere near fast enough to make a dent the housing shortage, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer today… ...
    1 week ago
  • Chickens come home to roost on climate change
    The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. “The release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Facts and Figures Report for 2014 on the ETS… ...
    1 week ago
  • Website adds to long list of big spends at MBIE
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s $560,000 outlay on its new website is further evidence of excessive spending by Steven Joyce on his pet project super ministry, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.  “Hot on the heels of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Brownlee warned over EQC repairs but ignored them
    Gerry Brownlee was warned that EQC’s underfloor repairs weren’t being done properly by industry experts, the cross party working group and in public but he arrogantly ignored them all, says Labour’s Earthquake Commission spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.  “Today’s apology and commitment… ...
    1 week ago
  • Serco wants in on state house sell off
    The Government must keep scandal plagued outsourcing company Serco away from our state housing after their disastrous record running Mt Eden prison, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Today it has emerged that at the same time Serco was under… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Come clean on Pasifika education centre
    Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iinga needs to come clean and tell the Pasifika communities if he’s working to save the Pasifika Education Centre or shut it down, Labour’s Pasifika spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.  “I’m gutted the Pasifika Education Centre funding… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for NZTA to work on alternatives to flyover
    The High Court decision rejecting the New Zealand Transport Agency’s attempts to build the Basin Reserve flyover must now mean that NZTA finally works with the community on other options for transport solutions in Wellington, Grant Robertson and Annette King… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shiny new system leads to record truancy
    Record high truancy rates shows the Government’s much-vaunted new attendance system is an abysmal failure, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Data released today shows truancy rates have spiked more than 15 per cent in 2014 and are now at… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Woodhouse wrong about quarries
      The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse was wrong yesterday when he said limestone quarries were covered by the farcical Health and Safety legislation, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “He said he ‘understood’ limestone quarries… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taxpayers money spent on culling one of our rarest birds
    It beggars belief that four endangered takahe were killed by incompetent cullers contracted to the Department of Conservation and the Minister must explain this wanton destruction, says Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It must not be forgotten that there are only… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing NZ must immediately move family
    Housing New Zealand must immediately move a Glen Innes family whose son contracted serious and potentially fatal health problems from the appalling condition of their state house, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Te Ao Marama Wensor and community workers… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • No understanding of the value of overseas investment
     The Government has now admitted it has absolutely no idea of the actual value of foreign investment in New Zealand, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “It is crucial that the Government starts to understand just what this overseas… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another bridges bribe from Simon Bridges
    Simon Bridges is embroiled in another bridges-for-votes controversy after admitting funding for a replacement bridge in Queenstown is “very much about… the 2017 election”, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Transport Minister is today reported as telling Queenstown locals… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Saudi tender process reeks of SkyCity approach
    The tender process for the $6m investment in a Saudi sheep farm reeks like the SkyCity convention centre deal and once again contravenes the government’s own procurement rules, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker. “The $6m contract… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Maori Party should stand up for workers
    The Government’s proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill does not go far enough to protect those in specific industries with the highest rates of workplace deaths, says Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “We are told that Maori workers are more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister must explain budget blowout
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must explain a budget blow out at Te Puni Kokiri, after the organisation spent more than 2.5 million dollars over their budget for contractors, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.  “For the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Successful effort to raise the issue of GE trees in proposed standard
    Many thousands of people submitted on the proposed National Environmental Standard –  Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).  A vast majority of the public submissions were particularly focussed on the NES having included GE trees in its mandate. People want these provisions removed,… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Fair Share Friday – Thoughts and Reflections
    As part of our Fair Share  campaign, Green MPs have been doing a series of visits to community groups across the country to have conversations about inequality in New Zealand and what communities are experiencing on the ground. I visited… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Crucial Auditor General investigation welcomed
    The Auditor General’s decision to investigate the Saudi sheep scandal is important, necessary and welcome, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Parker says. “The independent functions of the Auditor General are a cornerstone of the New Zealand system of… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • KiwiSaver sign-ups continue to fall
    New KiwiSaver sign-ups in July were 45 per cent below the monthly average, despite John Key saying axing the kickstart “will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver”, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson… ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere