I live in Christchurch and I know all about the earthquakes. Like most Christchurch citizens, I have been under my desk three times now and sought other shelter on two other occasions. I am a lucky one. None of my property was damaged and nor were any of my loved ones hurt.
However the real disaster here is in the resultant bureaucracy , not the shaking or the wide spread damage.
This blog is an attempt to understand why an apparently conservative government – instead of concentrating efforts in making sure everyone’s insurance is both paid out in a timely fashion and is still available for rebuilds etc. – would first of all blatantly abuse private property rights, unnecessarily destroy Christchurch as we know it on the pretext that the earthquakes have created some sort of “unprecedented opportunity” and create a bureaucracy that concentrates on some sort of micro planning and stifles any opportunity for private people to simply claim their insurances and rebuild according to their budget and as they see fit.