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Praise For Canterbury CDEM Group

20 June 2006

Praise For Canterbury CDEM Group

Civil Defence Minister Rick Barker said today that it was time National MP John Carter started praising Civil Defence and Emergency Group workers in Canterbury, rather than attacking and undermining their efforts.

"Mr Carter has not deigned to either make contact with the region or visit to offer support.

"He is an armchair critic while local and regional civil defence, backed by central government, have done a fantastic job.

"Canterbury's Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group have managed the situation in a quick and well considered way.

"The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has maintained close contact with Canterbury throughout and made sure resources were available.

"Power companies have worked exceptionally hard to restore the hundreds of power poles that fell during the storm, Telecommunications companies have all but resolved communication issues and connections, and most infrastructure is again usable.

"I have continually invited Mr Carter to inform himself more effectively and he has continually ignored these invitations. Mr Carter has no sense of how things work, nor how effectively this emergency has been managed on the ground.

"Again, I congratulate Canterbury's emergency services, the hundreds of volunteers and local people for their efforts. Central government's resources are there to support them to respond to this emergency as and when Canterbury's Civil Defence and Emergency Management determines the need for them.

"There is still a lot of work for local services to do. Their herculean efforts must be acknowledged and supported as they continue to get services up and running," Rick Barker said.

ENDS

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