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6:03 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 31 comments
Categories: accountability, christchurch earthquake, disaster - Tags: actions speak louder, christchurch, christchurch earthquake, christchurch rebuilding
The most destructive and deadly earthquake in the Christchurch / Canterbury sequence happened on 22 February 2011 at 12:51 pm.
The anniversary has attracted media attention. The Herald’s (Olivia Carville and Mike Scott) piece – ‘Don’t think about the bad stuff’: How the children of the quake survived and thrived – is thoughtful and moving.
While the dead are mourned, many of the living are still dealing with extreme stress in the aftermath:
Hundreds protest over quake insurance delays
Organisers of a protest in Christchurch’s cathedral square this afternoon are calling for an external review of the way the Earthquake Commission has handled claims.
Almost 1,000 Christchurch residents attended today’s rally around lunchtime to vent their frustration over insurance delays.
The timing of the protest is symbolic – just a day out from the fifth year anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake.
“This recovery for so many thousands of people in Christchurch has been the most appalling mess I’ve ever seen,” said MC Mike Coleman.
… pictures were placed at the front of the stage of John Key, Gerry Brownlee, Insurance Council CEO Tim Grafton, and EQC boss Ian Simpson to symbolise their absence.
The recently renewed quake activity has been another blow to a fragile city, read this excellent personal account: We need to talk about Christchurch.
The people of Christchurch don’t need any more words about how brave and resilient they are. They need action.
— Belinda McCammon (@BelMcCammon) February 21, 2016
The rent-a-crowd/protestor is booming in NZ! pic.twitter.com/hcxz1awjoM
— Sassy Little Hobbit (@LI_politico) February 21, 2016