When National decided to seize control of Canterbury Regional Council to remove roadblocks for unsustainable irrigation by their mates in the dairy industry, they didn’t do it overnight. They spent months creating a crisis. The same thing’s happening in Christchurch.
There are real issues with Marryatt and Parker, who should both go. But, on top of that, a sense of crisis is being fueled by Brownlee, who is blaming the lack of a rebuild on ‘infighting’ in the council, when the buck actually stops with him and CERA. This crisis is going to be used as cover to replace the council with commissioners, giving open slather to Brownlee’s developer mates to make a killing on the rebuild. The only question is when.