Another successful rally for Jacinda Ardern and Labour in Christchurch yesterday, and yet another policy release:
Labour’s Christchurch plan
• Fast-track rebuild with a $300m fund for projects in red zone and a contribution to new stadium.
• Establish an arbitration panel that can award compensation to homeowners for distress caused by delays by insurance companies.
• Negotiate a global settlement with Christchurch City Council, and in doing so settle the long-term ownership and funding for the anchor projects.
• Boost mental health support, and give extra $100m for public transport including commuter rail from Rolleston to the CBD.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has promised to fast-track Christchurch’s rebuild with a $300 million fund for projects – hitting out at National’s “lack of leadership” on the rebuild.
Not only lack of leadership – incompetent execution:
Christchurch rebuild projects gets worst performance rating in Treasury report
The future isn’t going anywhere, so why did Christchurch rebuild the city of yesterday?
Ardern has also taken aim at insurance companies – pledging to establish an arbitration tribunal with an “inquisitorial focus” that can award compensation for distress caused by undue delays by insurance firms.
Lots of Christchurch folk are going to like that idea!
A crowd upwards of 600 turned out for Ardern’s speech, many wearing “Let’s Do This” branded T-shirts – on sale at the door for $25 a pop – and standing at the back of the hall and in an overflow tent outside after seating ran out.
“I’d like to think that if Labour had been in power that things would have moved a lot more quickly … but now is not the time for blame. Now is the time for setting a plan that will take us forward,” Ardern said of the earthquake rebuild. …
From other coverage:
She said it was up to the city where the money was spent, but the Government would have to sign it off.
Giving locals a say in the decision making process? Lots of Christchurch folk are going to like that idea too, after years of being dictated to by National.
Look who we ran into at lunch… pic.twitter.com/sUiMRMlhw9
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) August 27, 2017