Archive for March, 2011

CERA, the Kafkaesque sounding Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, is the brand new “stand alone” government department, with widespread powers, created to manage the rebuilding of Canterbury for five year following the lethal February 22 earthquake…. The combination of unbridled power with specious legalistic justification is one of the main motifs of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22…

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The pukeko have finally come home to roost in Christchurch. It was not Ken Ring but Monty Python who accurately predicted the Christchurch Quakes and the issues with building on a swamp…


..Looking back, as a city understandably keen to get back to normal post 4 September 2010 and pre 22 February 2011, we were remarkably blasé about still having the Games Opening in the Square after a procession through the inner streets of Christchurch.

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“To the people of Christchurch our pledge to you is this: we are behind you, you are in our hearts and minds. And you will be central to Rugby World Cup in 2011.” Bernard Lapasset, IRB Chairman.
But not, any more, in our plans. Not even Party Central. Adieu mon AMI…


Looney Moonman Ken Ring’s cv should give us pause for reflection, though he would no doubt claim that when it comes to seismic séances he’s no one’s cats paw. Ironically, his lunar case for a big one tomorrow does not rest on very shaky evidence. His credibility is not indelible, as the Government’s Chief Science Advisor has taken pains to point out*, in the face of panic in some quarters.
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A lot of Cantabrians can’t understand the indecent haste with which tomorrow’s Earthquake Memorial service has been scheduled. They (and not just the employees amongst us) also can’t understand the need for a gratuitous Canterbury public holiday, at a time when businesses and schools are desperately trying to get back to the new abnormal…