A timely u-turn

January 13th, 2012 at 1:46 pm by David Farrar

At I blog on the u-turn by the Chch City Council on burial fees:

Someone at the very beginning should have said, wait how much money are we talking about here? $350 x 22 people is around $7,000. In the context of total Council expenditure that is petty cash. How could anyone – whether they be staff or elected, think that for $7,000 you should risk offending the families of those who died in the earthquake.

Sanity eventually prevailed, and Mayor Bob Parker announced the fees will be waived, as promised. It is better late than never, but some damage has been done. This should have been elevated to the Mayor when it first emerged – not after it hits the media.

I also talk about a similar issue back in the late 90s, with the then National Government.

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9 Responses to “A timely u-turn”

  1. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    Maybe we have the Christchurch City Council all wrong; with all the lefty councillors I had assumed they were Labour supporters, but to suggest such a mean spirited, cruel, inhumane, disgusting, despicable idea to families of dead people means I can only conclude they are all closet ACT supporters following an ACT policy.

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  2. BeaB (1,945 comments) says:

    Some jobsworth, probably pissed off at the CEO’s salary. After all, running Christchurch is a bigger job than running the USA.

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  3. labours a joke (442 comments) says:

    The CCC is an absolute cot case. So much so that there is a protest planned for February 1st, midday at the council headquarters Hereford St. People have had enough. The instigator was the CEO’s rude pay rise at a time when everyone else is sucking it in. But its grown much bigger than that. The council is severly disfuctional.
    Lots of infighting , backstabbing , corruption , how the fuck can we rebuild when we have a bunch of dickheads at the helm?
    Do an Ecan and sack the lot. Bunch of inept freeloaders.

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  4. tvb (3,938 comments) says:

    Governments also get themselves into a stupid mess over some trivial decision costing peanuts. John Key has managed to avoid this sort of trap so far. But it is easy to argue some silly point of principle. Officials do not help in this situation and are often the source of the problem.

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  5. peterwn (2,933 comments) says:

    I thought Christchurch CC paid big bucks to its CEO to avoid such cock-up’s occurring.
    I think the shrewdest Council CEO was the one where a disgruntled ratepayer paid his rates one penny short hoping to cause bureaucratic mayhem. Staff sought advice and CEO put his hand in pocket, and pulled out a penny to complete the rates payment. Joke was now on the ratepayer.

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  6. hj (5,677 comments) says:

    The CCC still feels it has to kick people out of their homes which are in danger of rockfall, even though they have survived 7.1, 6.4, 6.3, 6.0, 5.9 some almost directly under an epicenter. Parker claims it is “for their own safety” and the postmans, the gasman(?) etc. The truth is that it is just because to the CCC Christchurch is a model and they want to be able to look at it and have no “unsafe” pieces as it makes their Christchurch untidy. To the homeowner it is something they have put their life into; they are asking them to move out “for their own safety” even though they wont get any house insurance payment as the house is fine.

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  7. Paulus (2,293 comments) says:

    Dont’ worry when Lianne Dlziell takes over the Mayoralty in CCH she will sort all the buggers out.
    She will probably remain as an MP also, as she will have little to do in Parliament.
    She will appoint Jim Anderson as Mayoress to control things when she really is not there.

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  8. hj (5,677 comments) says:

    Unsafe is relative. The earth is inherently unsafe as could at any time in the future be hit by a large meteor. By removing people from their undamaged homes they are implying some magnitude of probability (no houses were damaged in the last mag 6
    http://www.canterburyquakelive.co.nz/QuakeMap/Single/?Index=452

    This brought one into my friends garden
    http://www.canterburyquakelive.co.nz/QuakeMap/Single/?Index=1980

    Near a large tumbling rock is one of similar size and shape which is covered in thick lichen. In hindsight you could say that he should never have been allowed to build there but given that he was allowed to, the rocks came close but missed why kick him out (remember these are events that shattered Shag Rock, a pinnacle that took thousands of years to take its form)?

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  9. Mike Readman (353 comments) says:

    labours a joke, I assume by dickheads you don’t mean the Labour councillors. The organiser of the Feb 1st protest already organised a protest just before Christmas and all the Labour coucillors turned up in support of it!

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