Today’s rushed select committee hearings are the Government’s last chance to listen to the public’s overwhelming opposition to their undemocratic ECan plan, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.
“Throughout the entire ECan saga, the Government has steadfastly refused to hear people in Canterbury who want the right to elect their own regional council – just like everywhere else in New Zealand.
The class action lawsuit filed against EQC filed today is an indictment of the Government’s failure to provide clear answers about its obligations to homeowners, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.
“It is ridiculous that Cantabrians have had to take their government to court to get clarity on what they are entitled to.
Gerry Brownlee is ignoring serious allegations that builders in Canterbury are being ‘squeezed to do the least work possible’ on repair jobs for EQC, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.
“In August, media reported that builders in Canterbury were being pressured to do as little as possible on repair jobs in Canterbury. It’s a serious allegation, and one Gerry Brownlee should be looking in to.
The Government has again reduced the timeframe for Cantabrians to have their say, this time shortening the select committee process for the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.
“Just as with the ECan Bill only last week, the Government is once again denying Cantabrians the right to express their views on the future of their city and the rebuild process.
While Labour will support the Christchurch Regeneration Bill at its first reading, a raft of questions remain, says Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.
“This is an important measure for the city as it marks the first steps back from crisis government to a local-led recovery. What is now crucial is that the people of Christchurch have their say through the Select Committee process.
The Government needs to explain why the contract for Christchurch Hospital’s new acute services building went to an Australian company instead of a local one, says Canterbury Recovery Spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“This is a real kick in the guts for local businesses. Canterbury’s businesses are doing a great job rebuilding our city. It’s a shame the Government would rather back an Australian company instead of locals.