Christchurch Central MP Brendon Burns and Christchurch City Councillor Yani Johanson
at the Avonside red zone community rally, September 11 2011.
Despite representing the worst-hit areas of the city, for some time now Christchurch's Labour MPs have been thwarted in effectively representing the concerns of their constituents by the easy accusation of "playing politics". Even within their own party there's been a sense that their hard-won first-hand experience has been somehow ring-fenced, so it's encouraging to see something approaching real policy at last.
Christchurch's own journal of record has provided little long-term recovery-related information in the past week, apart from garbled and contradictory spin on Earthquake Recovery Minister Brownlee's fruitless trip to plead the region's case with overseas insurers. It's disappointing, though hardly unexpected, that they'd run an ill-informed piece attacking a proposal that offers some alternative to the current malaise of demolish and hope.
The always excellent Avonside Blog has an illuminating post that provides rather more background information on earthquake recovery issues than most mainstream media have so far shown the will to provide: