The new CERA chief

May 12th, 2011 at 3:06 pm by David Farrar

I was going to blog on what a good appointment this is, but I can’t do better than what John Pagani has said:

has made an outstanding appointment by getting Orion’s Roger Sutton to take over CERA.

 He’s a hero in Christchurch. Straight up guy.

Well done Gerry on the appointment and kudos to Mr Sutton for taking on such a crucial task.
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7 Responses to “The new CERA chief”

  1. voice of reason (491 comments) says:

    Agreed – Brownlee is lucky to have a guy of Roger Sutton’s calibre available.

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  2. adze (1,982 comments) says:

    Apparently he’s taking a drop in salary as well. Agreed on the sentiment – I was impressed with him during the initial stages of the quakes.

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  3. kiwi in america (2,470 comments) says:

    Superb choice!! Of course the Greens will still bleat on about CERA’s dictatorial powers. If anyone can inspire confidence in Chch but still have the executive experience to lead this monumental task its Roger Sutton.

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  4. YesWeDid (1,041 comments) says:

    Absolutely no doubt, he is the right man for the job. Orion have done a great job getting the power restored after the earthquakes but not only that, they have been great at communicating what they have been doing and what the plan is. They have taken out full page ads in the paper with timelines and progress reports.

    Compare this with Civil Defense who seem to operate a code of secrecy.

    It is not really a great surprise that Roger is the new head of Cera, this was discussed a while ago in the media when Roger Sutton was suggested as the perfect choice, I think he also indicated an interest in the position – he is a bit of a greeny so that might not go down well with the kiwiblog illuminati.

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  5. Lindsay Addie (1,156 comments) says:

    RS looks like a very safe choice. He’s been involved since day one, a Canterbury guy, and he comes across as a straight up bloke.
    Hopefully he has the balls to get things moving as much as possible.

    Thank goodness they didn’t pick an ex-politician or some dude whose been a lifetime bureaucrat since Adam was a cowboy.

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  6. aquataur (54 comments) says:

    Lucky Brownlee

    But shit I fell sorry for RS

    Brave or stupid or both ?

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  7. pq (728 comments) says:

    from one crock to another,
    all good men, and your families,
    leave Christchurch now,

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