The Christchurch rebuild has had a 3 year bout of Christchurch City Council Constipation and by looking at the gutted state of the Christchurch's CBD don't expect any great improvements any time soon. To add to this stagnancy the residential suburbs of Christchurch are not faring much better.
But wait... how about the CCC's proposal to build a $400 Million Stadium?!... that'll improve the situation.
And it will only take Gerry Brownlee the Minister in charge of the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery's signature to get this project off the ground. This is a well thought out plan because as we all know building stadiums is one of the top priorities in all Disaster Recovery Programs.
So Gerry's list must go something like this:
Take Scenic Flight over City
Turn Power On
Drop off Port-a-loos
Start Demolition of half the CBD
Build a group of Shops made from Shipping Containers
Build a mini Town Square made from Wooden Pallets
Build a Cathedral made from Cardboard
Approve Plan to Build $400 Million Dollar Stadium
Finish Demolition of half the CBD
Repair Rail Network
Repair Sewer System
Repair Residential Housing
3 Years on Commission Report on why the recovery plan is not working
Blame it on somebody else.......
Is this really what Christchurch needs right now? I think there are more important things to focus on and I doubt the people of Christchurch have much cash left over to even go watch the ruggers as they continue to pay to rebuild their lives. This is a luxury they just can't afford.
But like flies to a Brownlee BBQ some big NGOs will be salivating to bite into this dirty great construction contract and the CCC and GB will be happy to give it to them.
The Christchurch people need their houses, streets, services fixed and the port-a-loos removed first Gerry... but you seem quite comfy going on this one.
PS: Keep an eye on that Kordamentha crowd who were contracted to make the Report on the CCCs Recovery Spending - they're an NGO in themselves and making millions off this and other government debacles.
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