CERA

The Government has just pasted a Bill, under urgency too, to assist with the reconstruction of Canterbury. It’s called CERA which is an acronym for. Canterbury Earthquake Reconstruction Authority. Do we need it? This question is an understatement. Of course we do, that’s if we ever wish to see that Christchurch is going to be rebuilt in our lifetimes. There is such a maze of regulations out there, and unfortunately we have some people who have nothing better to do than play with these regulations, and frustrate the best endeavours of people who are actually trying do something. They have actually used these regulations, to even delay a competitors business plans for many years We have gathered up enough red tape over the last twenty years to stifle any growth here, as well for the rest of New Zealand. In fact we have more than enough to keep us busy for the next five to ten years trying to find a path through.

So if we wish to get started on rebuilding programme first it’s necessary to cut some of it away..Before the quake, to carry out anything new, we were required to find a way through a seemingly impossible series of regulations. With everyone and his uncle busy objecting, and tossing spanners into the works, just to cause delay. Some of these protesting folk would never be effected in anyway what so ever, but it doesn’t stop them from blocking any progress.

Yes, we have a council, but for me, and I’m not alone in this observation, We know very little or next to nothing about each and every one of the councillors. Apart from what we have read from a couple of ’small flyers’ that we received in our letter box about each of them, this was just prior to the last election. It gave us only a thumbnail sketch of every person that was standing. It’s possibly that we elected some who are very good people, and some not so good. But we are stuck with some incompetent and time wasters, who got in under the fence as we had so little information about them. I suppose in the future we should be a little more diligent as they are paid a very lucrative salary which is approximately some $83,000 each per annum.

Then wham! we had our earthquake. The Mayor was smart enough to lock most of them out of the immediate decision making mode, He did what needed to be done, and he did it well,possibly aided too by his council support staff, Of course some councillors were calling out, that this wasn’t democratic.’What we need to do is make, and form committees’. When you have no power, water or sewerage, then you need action, not a lot of waffling talk from committees. If some had been allowed their way, They would have been still talking about what action needed to be taken. They would have been so busy forming committees, and sub committees, nothing would have been done.,When what was required was for someone to immediately take control, and make decisions

From what I have observed too a lot of the real work was being done by the ordinary Joe Blow. They have as always stuck their heads down and got on with the job, without any fuss or bother They have worked all hours to restore power sewerage and all the other services that we take for granted and require for comfortable living. They have been simply wonderful and have worked long hours. The other notable action was from the man in the street who rushed in to assist in very dangerous situations, to rescue people that in War Time would have warranted a medal. I did see a Maori youth captured on video, digging with his bare hands into the side of a collapsed building, ignoring the broken material hanging above him which if it gave way would have killed him, he was busy extricating buried people. Many in the same situation would just have walked away, but it makes you proud to belong to a Nation that has amongst it’s citizens such people. .

I’m still chuckling over a story Rod told me over a local businessman who had been denied entry into his premisses for some weeks. He badly needed access to retrieve his plant, so he could relocate He was able to do this as It was all portable. Unfortunately for him it was now locked up in the so called ‘Red Zone’. In total it amounted to several truck loads, but too it’s recovery was vital for their financial survival, and of course the jobs of his many employees were depended on it’s recovery. As he expected, he was caught exiting the Red Zone, with his trucks fully loaded with the said plant by the Police. They demanded him to explain how did he get past their tight cordon? Which by the way was considered impregnable. After much argy-bargy, he said he would only admit that he now had several Army Uniforms he no longer had any use for. And they were all surplus to requirements


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