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.
It’s time for the Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry to listen to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and start untangling the mess around New Zealand’s stewardship land, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“The Commissioner has called for the Department of Conservation to speed up its classification of stewardship land, so is anything going to happen now?
The death of a Hector’s Dolphin in a set net must lead to action from the Minister of Conservation, Ruth Dyson, Labour’s Conservation Spokesperson said today.
“Despite the fact that the Akaroa Harbour has been a Marine Mammal Sanctuary since 1988, there is a recreational setnetters concession from 1st April to 30 September. So this dolphin has been needlessly killed by people acting within the rules. It’s time for the rules to be changed.
The Government’s proposal to consult on the closure of Redcliffs School not only goes against the best geotechnical advice, but more importantly goes against the best educational outcomes for Redcliffs children and the health of our community, Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says.
“I have seen several geotechnical reports which show that the Redcliffs school site is safe. Of course there is some remedial work required and no-one would want their children at school in a site where there is a risk of harm, but Hekia Parata has made the wrong call.
Four years on from the February quake, a group of Cantabrians have had their plea for justice upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s time for Gerry Brownlee to be fair with these people and let them move on with their lives, says Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“The Supreme Court has issued its decision on the Quake Outcasts case and has made it clear that Gerry Brownlee’s previous offer is wrong and must be re-visited. This is consistent with previous court rulings.
Hundreds of families and recreational fishers may have had their holidays spoiled by missing out on their fishing licences, with Conservation Minister Maggie Barry preferring instead to focus on more high profile portfolio priorities over the summer break, Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.
“Two of the biggest three licence issuers in the region have told me that at least 90 people have missed out on licences over the first three days of last week because of failures in the new system. That’s around 300 people and they stopped bothering to count after last Wednesday.