Labour is supporting calls by the people of Canterbury for a Royal Commission of Enquiry into dodgy EQC repairs, says Labour’s acting EQC spokesperson Megan Woods.
“Large numbers of repairs done by EQC have been found to be deficient, and those are just the ones that have been checked. This raises the possibility that there might be hundreds or even thousands of homes with dodgy repairs the homeowner doesn’t know about.
The Government has demonstrated once again how arrogant and out of touch it is in denying Cantabrians the same democratic rights as the rest of the country, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.
“The Environment Canterbury Bill which has been tabled in the House is remarkable as Treasury, in an independent opinion, has made it clear that there is ‘a clear lack of local support’ for the preferred option.
Gerry Brownlee was warned that EQC’s underfloor repairs weren’t being done properly by industry experts, the cross party working group and in public but he arrogantly ignored them all, says Labour’s Earthquake Commission spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.
“Today’s apology and commitment to new repairs comes far too late. Gerry Brownlee was warned numerous times by several experts that the people doing the underfloor repairs weren’t qualified and were using bad process.
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Draft Transition Recovery Plan on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party. It is important that the citizens of Canterbury have a voice in the governance of the next step of the recovery. Labour trusts that the submissions received are processed in a formal consultation process rather than being “received as feedback”. Both processes (which are entirely different) were referred to in the Draft Plan, which is confusing.
Today’s announcement that there will not be a democratic vote for Ecan until 2019 means four more years of waiting for Cantabrians to get their vote back, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.
“When John Key stripped Cantabrians of their votes in 2010, it was with the expectation it would be a temporary arrangement. Instead today the Government has announced a ‘mixed governance’ model until 2019.
Today’s announcement of new governance arrangements for Canterbury seems to be nothing more than a fresh coat of paint on the same old approach, says Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“The Canterbury Recovery has been too slow, with delays to major projects. At first glance, there is nothing new in today’s announcements to speed up progress.
Local residents will be bitterly disappointed by the Government’s cherry picking of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding compensation for red zoned property owners, Labour Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says.
“Home owners have taken all the legal action they can, including going to the Supreme Court. Minister Gerry Brownlee now wants to subject them to a further court - that of public opinion.
The Common Sense Plan for Christchurch released by The People’s Choice today is a welcome relief from the shallow debate about rates rises versus asset sales, Labour’s Christchurch MPs say.
"Local residents – who have spent weeks trawling through the consultation document for the long term plan – have been unable to find any clear alternatives. Now they have options in a coherent strategy," says Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson.
Gerry Brownlee has once again missed an opportunity to improve the lives of Cantabrians post-earthquakes, Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.
A new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, has confirmed asbestos exposure levels of residents whose homes have undergone earthquake repairs, are unknown.