Christchurch needs a council and staff who are focussed on helping people and businesses get back to normal as quickly as possible and systems which enable that to happen.
You need to read all three posts to appreciate just how difficult making progress has been, and still is, but here’s a taste:
Me: “You need to understand, it’s just a bus and a couple of portable buildings.”
Council employee: “It’s not a bus, it’s a building.”
“Trust me, it’s a bus. It has a warrant and registration.”
“That might be the case, but it’s a building.”
“No, it’s definitely a bus.”
“It doesn’t matter what you think. To us it’s a building.”
“Do you want me to come and pick you up in the building. We can drive around town in the building and see if we can’t resolve this.”
“Don’t be smart with me…”
Half way through our conversation I realised I was getting some use from my useless university education. As far as I can tell this argument could be framed using Aristotle’s ideas of Matter and Form. What is it about a bus that gives it it’s “busness”? Does a bus become a building if it plays the role of a building? If you sit on a table does it become a chair?
I thought “this is interesting, it could be a fun debate”, but I suspect someone who went from a boring degree to a boring job might not have had the inclination to study Greek philosophy. So I told him people like him were killing the city and hung up.
Is it any wonder Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is losing patience with the mayor?
Brownlee said he was “sick and tired of the scrapping” between city councillors, which was sparked by a controversial pay rise for chief executive Tony Marryatt.
Brownlee said the Government was spending $5.5 billion, as a minimum, on Christchurch and that he was working hard for the city while city councillors continued their infighting.
“Dealing with this negative, going-nowhere stuff, I am at the end of my tether and frankly it’s not surprising that the ratepayers are either,” he said.
Negative is not what the city and its people need.
Hat Tip: Credo Quia Absurdum Est.