“The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” – Sydney Harris

Dear Members

It’s been a whirlwind week – more announcements for 37 Horatane Valley / Bridle Path residents who turned Red. They’ve been waiting for what must seem an eternity and will definitely reflect the full range of emotions we have seen after a zoning announcement. Red zoned commercial, uninsured homeowners and leaseholders learned their fate. Our Earthquake Recovery Minister blew a fuse over TC3 people, who obviously “are just a bunch of moaners”. 36 schools are on the chopping block in some form because someone can save a buck and again we are left spinning the same record with that awesome hit song – ( a B-side track because the major agencies continue not to hear it ) – TALK TO US FIRST written and sung by the Residents who want proper en-gag-ment. Sorry, that meant to say ‘engagement.’

Honestly, CERA is meant to be coordinating this recovery and working to a set of principles so how is it that the Ministry of Education can be so utterly unaware of how it must treat people in Canterbury post-quakes. Like the decisions or not, no respect was shown to the hundreds of people facing job losses, the thousands of people who will grieve the loss of history and tradition or the children who ultimately are at the heart of this. Decision makers, you need a new mission statement and here’s one we like better:

He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

regards

Brian and Leanne

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