Posts Tagged ‘christchurch earthquake’

Brownlee accused of bullying lawyer

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, September 13th, 2018 - 128 comments

Gerry Brownlee has been accused of ringing a young lawyer involved in a potential class action concerning steal used in the Christchurch rebuild and making her feel intimidated and harassed. Update: National has admitted “[s]o he just kind of unleashed, you know how Gerry is”.

NRT: This stinks

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 11th, 2017 - 71 comments

Idiot/Savant points to the unfairness of the Government having forced Christchurch red zone families off their land and now trying to sell that land at a profit.

National use opening of Christchurch Justice Precinct for political purposes

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, September 13th, 2017 - 21 comments

National has acted in breach of State Services Commission guidelines for the pre election period by having a flash opening of the Christchurch Justice Precinct even though it was not finished.

Let’s green the red zone

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 91 comments

A Christchurch community group has come out with an outstanding solution for what to do with red zone land that is currently unusable.

Rewarding incompetence with a 4th term?

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, November 20th, 2016 - 76 comments

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.

Christchurch, keyisms and this state we’re in.

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 86 comments

There was a gathering in Cathedral Square in Christchurch on Sunday the 21st of February.

A one and a half hour recording of the event was put on youtube. Speaking begins at around 13min.

Christchurch – 5 years on

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 31 comments

The people of Christchurch don’t need any more words about how brave and resilient they are. They need action.

Christchurch – rhetoric and reality

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, September 4th, 2015 - 29 comments

Today is five years since the first of the Canterbury / Christchurch earthquakes. Christchurch voices are calling out for leadership.

Christchurch four years on

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, February 22nd, 2015 - 42 comments

It will soon be four years to the minute since the most destructive and deadly Canterbury / Christchurch earthquake. Condolences to the friends and families of the dead. Greetings to all who lived through it and remember.

Key’s earthquake ‘fun’

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 29th, 2013 - 75 comments

The government suffered a major court ruling against it over their ungenerous Christchurch earthquake pay-outs – their 50% offer for uninsured red-zoned land was ruled ‘not in accordance with the law’. Brownlee promises to appeal and bury the Outcasts in debt; John Key threatens to withdraw even their 50% offer with the throwaway: ‘it’s been a lot of fun. If you don’t want to take the offer, that’s where it’s at’. Heartless.

Forgotten Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 22nd, 2013 - 22 comments

Today is the second anniversary of the most destructive of the Christchurch earthquakes. Condolences to the friends and families of the dead. Greetings to all who lived through it and remember. Commiserations to those who have been forgotten by this government…

Christchurch carpers and moaners

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, September 12th, 2012 - 37 comments

Gerry Brownlee calls Christchurch residents “carpers and moaners” who “buggerise on Facebook all day”.

Christchurch anniversary

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, September 4th, 2012 - 52 comments

It is two years since the first big Christchurch earthquake. For far too many families the aftermath lingers on…

Let a garden grow

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, March 5th, 2012 - 15 comments

Christchurch is changed forever and there’s no going back. Let the heart of the old city become its memorial.

Tales from Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, February 23rd, 2012 - 4 comments

As a followup to the “big media” coverage of Christchurch yesterday, there are plenty of people posting on their experiences of life in the quake-ridden city. One that I follow is the blog of award winning Kiwi author Helen Lowe.

Quake anniversary

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, February 22nd, 2012 - 18 comments

The thoughts of the whole country are with Christchurch today.

Another ‘aggressive recovery’?

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 21st, 2012 - 54 comments

Key upbeat about quake recovery work – Headline

Here’s a couple of numbers that might sober Mr Smile and Wave:

  • 28,200 fewer jobs in Canterbury now than a year ago. 1 in 11 jobs lost.
  • Net international emigration from Canterbury, 3,634 by December.
  • 5,086 building consents in Canterbury in 2011. 100,000 houses damaged or destroyed.

The limits of resilience

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, January 26th, 2012 - 25 comments

Christchurch has been back in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. What’s going on behind the public narrative of a tough and resilient populace soldiering on in the face of all these obstacles?

Latest quakes

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, December 24th, 2011 - 59 comments

Heartfelt greetings and commiserations to all in the shaky city. Use this post for general discussion of the ongoing quakes in Christchurch.

Disrespectful

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 10th, 2011 - 44 comments

Why did Key keep talking through a minute’s silence for Christchurch quake victims?

Labour’s EQC policy

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, November 3rd, 2011 - 17 comments

Labour’s EQC policy has taken the holes in the current system revealed by the earthquakes – too low cap, inequitable flat levy, non-universal coverage, lack of provision for accommodation coverage – and fixed them. On top of that, they’ve promised to give people access to their geotech info. Great policy. No wonder National’s angry.

DPF – deliberately missing the point

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 20th, 2011 - 101 comments

DPF is stirring the sewer again with ridiculous smears about a Labour candidate. Does he resort to mud-flinging due to a lack of National policy that stacks up?

Muddling through in Chch

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, September 28th, 2011 - 19 comments

250 jobs lost at Chch meatworks.
55 jobs lost at Canterbury leather.
Insurers warn they’ll pull out.
Kaiapoi redzoners to be $24K worse off. That’s before they get screwed by the landbankers.
10,000 Cantabrians left for overseas in the past year.
The recovery ‘delayed‘ again. It’s clear we still haven’t hit bottom.
The Nat’s plan: “muddling through”

Suicide and community

Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, August 27th, 2011 - 67 comments

Following the release of data by the Chief Coroner, suicide is once again getting some time in the headlines.  Coincidentally, news from Christchurch supports the suggestion that stronger communities reduce suicide rates.

Talk is cheap

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, August 8th, 2011 - 34 comments

Grieving families of Christchurch earthquake victims say that John Key has broken his promise to them.  Key is refusing to even comment on the nature of the meeting.  This must all sound very familiar to the families of the Pike River miners.

Free market quake

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, August 3rd, 2011 - 52 comments

The “free market” exists to make profit.  It does have some advantages when everything is running smoothly. But the free market is hopeless in tough times. It never wants to pay out or clean up the mess.

Police to investigate TVNZ

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, July 12th, 2011 - 50 comments

Police have launched a criminal investigation in to TVNZ’s Sunday piece on Christchurch “looter” Arie Smith.  Why?

Godwin the EQC

Written By: - Date published: 4:43 pm, June 24th, 2011 - 12 comments

Sometimes you have to simply start from 1.0 for Godwin’s Law. This pretty much applies to anything re-subtitled from the movie “Der Untergang”. The latest one that I have seen is this side splitting rendition of exactly what has been going on inside the EQC operation in Christchurch.

Round 3 in the Eastern – one week on

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 22nd, 2011 - 62 comments

After another terrible night in Christchurch, guest poster Andy-Roo writes about life on the ground in East Christchurch.

Plain news from Canterbury TV

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 7 comments

From Canterbury TV (good to see they are still serving Canterbury) the first news report is better than most of the other stuff I see in the TV news about Christchurch. This is what people are telling us (one sent this clip through) in e-mails and comments. Now you can see them. It is a […]

Blindingly obvious – but secret

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 17th, 2011 - 119 comments

In the damaged suburbs of Christchurch, people’s lives, their emotions, in many cases their finances, are all stuck in limbo.  Residents need to know which areas are going to be written off.  What they don’t need is Gerry Brownlee telling them they are “simplistic”…

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