Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 1st, 2015 - 128 comments
Categories: christchurch earthquake, national, treasury - Tags: christchurch, christchurch rebuilding, gerry brownlee, incompetence, treasury
National like to sell things built by better governments of old, but they aren’t good at building things. They aren’t good at building houses in Auckland. They aren’t good at building a robust economy. And they aren’t good at (re)building Christchurch:
Anchor project delivery appears ‘unachievable’ – Treasury report
Christchurch’s once-bold central city recovery plan is hanging in the balance with Treasury saying it now appears unachievable.
This is terrible news.
But Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has dismissed the Treasury report, released on Monday, calling it “utter tripe”. He says the findings show the “arrogant bureaucratic attitude” the Wellington-based department has towards Christchurch.
Shoot the messenger – that will help.
The timeline of the recovery plan, which includes all anchor projects, including the convention centre and metro sports facility, has been steadily falling behind since it was unveiled in 2012.
The report, entitled Managing Government Investment Projects, was the first of its kind, and said the “overall viability” of the anchor projects might need to be reassessed.
In an index of monitored projects, the Christchurch Central Delivery Programme, which involved a “timely and effective delivery” of Government-led anchor projects, was given a red rating. “Successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable,” the rating’s description said. A red rating implied there were “major issues” with project definition, budget and benefits.
“At this stage [the issues] do not appear to be manageable or resolvable. The project may need re-scoping and/or its overall viability reassessed,” the report said. …
Christchurch has been through enough. It deserves better than this bungled process.