Slow – meaning sluggish, tardy, slack or dilatory (dilatory tactics means – intending to cause delay).
We know this topic is deja vu as we have written about this many times. We also know that agencies like CERA are open and willing to make haste and make a difference. The issue is if the residents can’t see or understand what is happening the differences remain invisible and often lead to the conclusion that nothing is…
Nov 2011 – CERA were asked the communities’ top 10 questions about how the Residential Red Zone demolition process would be managed. Demolition team responded quickly but needed to refer responses to Wellington.
Result – NIL – answers were never to be seen again
Nov 30 2012 – CERA were questioned about their confidence in the reliability of projected time frames for the residential rebuild with clear data collected from expertise within the community. This data strongly suggested that a 2015 timeframe would be hard to meet. CERA quickly responded – ‘The information will be forwarded to the Programme Manager for consideration and Roger Sutton will reply to you as soon as possible’. It is now the middle of March and begs the question – If these time frames are in the public arena wouldn’t CERA have checked and substantiated the reliability prior to supporting the projections in public? Why do we have to wait almost 4 months for a reply? Is CERA looking into this information now?
Result – NIL – answers are still pending
Nov 2010 – CanCERN approached the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission to simply ask them to work with the communities, generate a dialogue and clearly lead us through this recovery. This was long before CERA existed. Since then we have met with CERA many times, specifically met with Roger Sutton 6 times, requested an audience with Minister Gerry Brownlee an embarrassing number of times and each time leadership and transparency has been the core of our message.
Result – NIL – we are still waiting to see and feel clear leadership that stands with the public
We know that Roger and the CERA team are incredibly hard working and skilled but the fundamental clarity of leadership which roots itself in a grassroots plan of recovery is still missing in action. CERA’s engagement framework states that “CERA is committed to moving as far and as often as possible towards the level of empowerment” that puts decision making in the hands of the public. At this stage we are struggling to even see that CERA can reflect the reality of the resident experience, let alone engage them in decision making for adequate resident-centric solutions.
To do this they need to stand in the shoes of the people of greater Christchurch. We accept that most live in Canterbury and are also struggling with all the same issues as everyone else. However, on an organisational level, CERA to all intents and purposes appears to stand with other decision makers behind them, almost as a buffer between them and the residents. They stand with those of policy, legal constraints, Wellington, Auckland, greater NZ or overseas agencies. That is the wall that residents face. We need CERA to stand with the residents behind them, as leader of the residents facing the organisations with our voice clearly perched upon their shoulders.
Walks and BBQs are abundant this weekend as well as the Home Show so take it slow and enjoy the moments with family and friends.
Brian and Leanne