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8:26 am, November 20th, 2016 - 76 comments
Categories: accountability, disaster, national, spin - Tags: 4th term, christchurch earthquake, earthquake, fail, lessons, stacey kirk
This was predictable – Stacey Kirk: have the quakes locked in a fourth-term National Government?
He’d never admit it, but the 7.8m North Canterbury quakes may have just handed John Key a fourth term as Prime Minister.
It only “locks in” 4th term if we want to reward incompetence. National’s handling of Christchurch has been a shambles – Christchurch rebuild projects gets worst performance rating in Treasury report
Major projects contributing to Christchurch’s earthquake rebuild have received the worst performance rating from Treasury.
It was the only programme given a red rating in a list of projects assessed across government.
Treasury highlighted “significant issues” relating to governance and transition of Christchurch rebuild projects as the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) began to wind down and new entities took over.
On private dwellings EQC has received over 23,000 complaints on substandard repairs, with official reports listing at least 5,500 “shoddy repairs”. This mess was on top of suspending democracy in Canterbury.
Not only has the Christchurch response been incompetent in itself, the National government failed to learn its lessons –
Huge quake exposes problems in how New Zealand prepares
Civil Defence overhaul due after ‘unacceptable level of confusion’ on tsunami warnings
Wave goodbye to your tsunami alert
How ready are we? Kaikoura earthquake timeline exposes issues
Even Fran O’Sullivan – NZ too slow to learn from quakes
Just five years on from the disastrous February 2011 earthquake which devastated the Christchurch CBD, what lessons have really been learnt?
Conflicting tsunami warnings and a 111 system that did not work properly are just the outward manifestations of a civil defence system that is too amateurville for the seismically challenged land we live in.
The Government is now calling for technical investigations into the failure of relatively new buildings in Wellington.
But surely these technical investigations should have happened before now – particularly after the swarm of earthquakes in Seddon in 2013 which rattled the capital.
Exactly. Meanwhile we’re taking on construction with unknown quantities of substandard Chinese steel and locking in another set of avoidable fuckups when disaster next strikes.
Disaster response is about more than showing up for photos and cancelling a trip or two. National has made a mess of Christchurch and comprehensively failed to learn its lessons. They should in no way be rewarded with a 4th term.