Q+A – 4 September 2011

September 3rd, 2011 at 7:22 pm by Kokila Patel

Q+A kicks off with a 90-second news update at the top of the programme, with all the latest from overnight.

Then our two biggest cities go under the microscope. First, we’re live in Christchurch on the first anniversary of the first quake with Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee. In front of the iconic cathedral, Guyon Espiner will ask the minister about the government’s performance so far and where it goes from here?

We’ll also hear briefly from Clayton Cosgrove about what Labour thinks should be happening in the garden city.

Then, Auckland’s big dream.  The new super city council has a draft plan for the next 30 years – who pays and can it deliver? Has it got its priorities right? Mayor Len Brown is live in the studio with Paul Holmes.

Finally, just days out from the Rugby World Cup, the head man Martin Snedden joins us to talk about the impact the next six weeks of rugby will have on this country. Are we ready and excited? Or have the recent corporate controversies taken a toll?

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel are Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett and former Christchurch mayor Garry Moore.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE. Repeats at 9.10pm Sundays, 10.10am and 2.10pm Mondays on TVNZ 7

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9 Responses to “Q+A – 4 September 2011”

  1. Nick K (1,244 comments) says:

    The Auckland Council’s priorities are inequality, health, education and climate change. If you think I am kidding, read the plan, and the discussion document that goes with it – Auckland Unleashed.

    Auckland certainly needs to be unleashed, but its council needs to be leashed.

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  2. Dave Mann (1,222 comments) says:

    So nothing new then… same tired old bollocks masquerading as current affairs as usual… :)

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  3. RF (1,399 comments) says:

    What would that bolt head cosgrove know about how the good folks in Christchurch feel. He is hardly there and spends most of his time slagging off the Govt.

    I would hate to see him in Govt and trying to sort out our mess !!!!

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  4. axeman (252 comments) says:

    Is the story (rumour) true that many of the people who have left Christchurch because of the quakes, are/were Liarbore voters? And that losing confirmed voters is why Mr Plughead is shitting bricks?

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  5. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    I wish they would get rid of Johanssen. He has an opinion on everything from nuclear physics to what is wrong with todays youth. Utterly conceited, utterly ignorant.

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  6. SCOTTEE (1 comment) says:

    Gerry Brownlee was surprised there were 1600 with no loos. Im in a western suburb with 57 houses in the street. We have no loos and havent had since Feb and have told by the workman it will be another 2 months before we do. So 1600 is no surprise to me.

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  7. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    Agreed about Johanssen. I have to switch him off he is such a puffed up ego with that awful smug pretence he has insider knowledge far superior to the rest of us. He needs to learn a little humility. And those awful cliched positions he keeps adopting.

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  8. mavxp (483 comments) says:

    I think it is inevitable mistakes will be made in the rebuild. This thing is so unprecedented in this country, and our structures we have in place for much smaller events have been swamped by this -EQC for instance is simply overwhelmed.

    We do need to be open to changing what we have put in place to make it work for us going forward. To write the book on how to do it, not how not to do it. We will need those lessons when the time comes to rebuild another city in this country (Wellington?). Hopefully not in our lifetimes, but it could be.

    Gerry’s ‘de-risk’ Christchurch is a nonsense statement though. He will be not be taken seriously in Geneva if he tries that line out on them. There will always be risk, wherever you develop a city anywhere in the world. But we must identify it, and effectively manage it (i.e. avoid it by not going there or engineer for it). For example, we knew about liquefaction risk before this happened, but developments still proceeded on cheap eastern suburb land that was known to be highly susceptible to this phenomenon. They got resource consent, they got building consent, buyers ignored the warnings on the LIM reports, banks and insurers ignored the risk; collective *Epic fail*.
    It is time we learnt from our mistakes.

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  9. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Am I the only one who is utterly sick of seeing pictures of Lord Mayor Brown in every publicity pose.

    I know he invented the Auckland Rugby World Cup, so feels he must be in everything possible.

    New Zealand does exist outside Brown’s Auuckland only world – or does it.

    Still glad am not an Auckland ratepayer. Great however to spend somebody else’s money – it never runs out.

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