Like Tim Groser ignoring his best scientists over the issue of carbon emissions Brownlee appeared to ditch large parts of his advisory board’s advice – so he would retain final veto over major projects and council plans in the city. His own draft in response waters down the local role in the rebuild ensures the Government’s paw prints are all over a new body looking to snap up prime central city land for redevelopment and generally provokes more annoyance from locals.
He gave a month for feedback – which ended at the end of July – without public forums for debate and discussion.
It’s a master class in paternalism – yet hardly without precedent in Canterbury. In 2010 then-Environment Minister Amy Adams oversaw the sacking of democratically elected Canterbury Regional Council members-
– with the side effect that farms such as her family’s were able to access a contentious water scheme.
with the side effect that farms such as her family’s were able to access a contentious water scheme.(cont..)
Brownlee wouldn’t say how many homes would be audited, but MBIE said earlier this year about 2300 homes had had structural repairs without a building consent.
That’s all we know.
Homeowners and the building industry have been left in the dark on the full implications of the investigation.
Who is going to pay for the audit of those 2300-plus houses? EQC – in other words the taxpayer – or Fletcher EQR which has been overseeing repairs?Who will do the assessments? Homeowners have lost confidence in EQC and will need convincing the process is robust.
Should other repairs be checked? The MBIE investigation was prompted by an earlier quality survey of quake repairs on 14 properties which found problems in 13 of them.
Experts found defects including superficial patching of earthquake cracks running through foundation walls – the use of inappropriate building materials and poorly installed exterior brickwork or solid plaster repairs.
How can homeowners be sure a builder who did shoddy foundation work did other repairs on a house properly?