Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Consents debacle a failure of epic proportions

Lianne Dalziel
Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson
MP for Christchurch East

1 July 2013

Consents debacle a failure of epic proportions

The fate of Christchurch City Council’s consenting accreditation reveals the severity of the breakdown in communication between the National Government and the City Council, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Lianne Dalziel.

“National granted itself overwhelming power in the aftermath of the earthquakes to break down the barriers to recovery. Instead, its efforts have been put into maintaining a façade of co-operation at the expense of good governance.

“After months of inaction and poor performance news that the council has lost its right to approve building consents is a failure of epic proportions.

“The building consent debacle is a disgrace. It is a failure of governance and management at the highest level.

“Issuing building consents is a core council function. What message does it send the Government about this council’s capacity to lead the recovery when it can’t even get the basics right?

“The consents debacle is a three-pronged failure. It shows the Minister isn’t on top of his portfolio, it reveals the Council’s staggering inability to pass accreditation, and underlines the lack of communication between all parties, which if functional, might have helped the council maintain its accreditation.

“How can you have an effective rebuild when agencies at the helm stuff up like this?

“Gerry Brownlee, Bob Parker and the wider team leading CERA, EQC and the Council are focusing resources on covering up problems rather than solving them.

“Was there anything more predictable than an increase in building consent applications after an earthquake? The Minister should have demanded weekly progress reports. The Press reported in November last year that the council could be stripped of its ability to issue building consents, so why weren’t those reports on the Mayor’s desk every week?

“The reality is the warnings were there and no one noticed. This is just another example of the entirely unsatisfactory culture that has been allowed to prevail for too long,” Lianne Dalziel said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news