Chch needs southern support

Quote of the day:

“It’s distressing enough for people in Christchurch to have to go through the difficulties that the earthquake events continue to present, without actually scaring them completely by suggesting that they’re going to have to relocate to Dunedin.”

It comes from Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee in response to Dunedin City Councillor Lee Vandervis who said that rather than rebuilding Christchurch it should be relocated to Dunedin.

Like most who were students at Otago I have a soft spot for Dunedin but the idea of relocating Christchurch there is ludicrous.

Some quake refugees have moved south but that’s very different from relocating the city infrastructure like the port and other services as Cr Vandervis is suggesting.

Many refugees have moved north or emigrated and if the city wasn’t rebuilt it’s more likely that people and businesses would choose those options over Dunedin.

Fortunately, most Christchurch people want to stay in or near the city which is their home and they have the backing to do so from central and local government which is committed to the rebuild and recovery.

Dunedin, and the rest of the South Island should be co-operating with and supporting that not trying to compete with the city.

Without a strong, vibrant Christchurch the whole of the south will suffer and the growing population imbalance between North and South Islands will get even bigger.

UPDATE: Just spotted a link on Facebook to Lonely Planet’s post-quake guide to Christchurch :

After two weeks on-the-ground research in Christchurch recently– Lonely Planet’s third visit since the February 2011 earthquake – we’re confident the city is one of New Zealand’s bravest and most resilient communities.

Our latest visit was unlike any other Lonely Planet research gig, with virtually all of the bars, cafes and restaurants recommended in our 2010 New Zealand guidebook no longer open. But amid the occasional uncertainty of aftershocks, Christchurch is re-emerging as one of NZ’s most exciting cities.

If you’re heading to the South Island of New Zealand, definitely spend a few days in the city. There’s still plenty to do, and you’ll be supporting the new businesses inspiring Christchurch’s renaissance. Note that there is considerable demand for Christchurch accommodation, and booking ahead is strongly recommended.

Lonely Planet sees what Cr Vandervis cannot – the city is still open for business and we should be supporting it.

7 Responses to Chch needs southern support

  1. PurpleSouth says:

    I really cannot understand why the people of Dunedin elected Van der Vis back on to Council. He is argumentative, negative, disruptive and rude. In this instance he is just totally insensitive. He needs to actually engage his brain before he opens his mouth – and the people of Dunedin need to engage their brains before the next local body elections.

    Dunedin deserves better than this moron.

  2. robertguyton says:

    “Dunedin” isn’t “trying to compete with” Christchurch, Ele.
    VanderVis isbn’t Dunedin.

  3. homepaddock says:

    Purple South – democracy can give strange results.

    Robert – I didn’t say Dunedin is trying to compete with Christchurch, that’s what Vandervis wants it to do.

  4. robertguyton says:

    “Dunedin, and the rest of the South Island should be co-operating with and supporting that not trying to compete with the city.”

    okay…

  5. Richard says:

    As the Scots would say to Cr VdV:
    Yer bum’s oot the windae – You’re talking rubbish.

    But remember the Cr is a cost of democracy

  6. jabba says:

    “VanderVis isbn’t Dunedin”. .. oh dear bOb.

    “He is argumentative, negative, disruptive and rude. In this instance he is just totally insensitive. He needs to actually engage his brain before he opens his mouth” .. PurpleS, you will find that there are many people elected onto councils like this.

  7. robertguyton says:

    It’s a Scottish word, Bryson, meaning ‘isn’t’ – your people would write ” عربي/عربى “.

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