NZ PM John Key dreams of ever-greater riches

NZ PM John Key

On February 22nd, let us remember the 185 lives lost in Christchurch, to the Port Hills fault magnitude 6.3 earthquake of 2011. Spare a thought for the affected parties, those left to deal with close tragedy – unnecessarily.

For the Port Hills quake was entirely predictable, a strong aftershock result of the September 4th magnitude 7.1 of 2010 – less than six months earlier. Causing injuries but not fatalities, the 7.1 was the wake-up call that cruel, selfish and ignorant authorities failed to heed. A threatened city was left undefended, without preparation, to the flippant “she’ll be right” attitude of leaders whose scorn for citizen life cost some, and injuries, on an unprecedented scale here. These misleaders’ SHAME is not enough.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, did nothing to alleviate the very obvious risk after September 4th. They never considered cordoning a compromised central city or even its damaged buildings, choosing murderous business-as-usual instead. They had let their greed and ambition guide their joint destruction of regional science and civil defence under public democratic control at Environment Canterbury (ECan) earlier in 2010. For that dreadful crime they will be forever damned.

But the $$-eyed media disguise this indisputable truth, continuing the lie they cultivated from 22 February, that these disablers of adequate civil preparation were potent heroes of the emergency response. This they were not, because privatising water had pushed aside every other driver and sound practise at the Canterbury regional council, at regional CDEM,* at their behest. SHAME on Parker and Key! Do not let them away with it, these false posers-for-the-fawning-cameras, these decapitators of able civil defence.

Parker’s fate as Mayor-of-mugging will be decided by Christchurch, in the local elections of October this year. Let justice ring true!

But Parker’s commander, his stocky General, must pay the higher price – for the lives of innocents he has too casually lost. John Key’s reported fortune is fifty million dollars. Divided by the 185 deceased estates, that is $270,270.27 John Key can afford to pay to each – as compensation for sacrifice of their loved one’s safety to mammon, the dairy-farm expansion god that Key had ECan place before all else. And pay the moral price he must.

Knighting of their main accomplice in the corporate seizure and deadly civil disabling of ECan – Ngai Tahu chief Mark Solomon – can only fail as smokescreen of their collective crime, their collective blind greed for more unsustainable pasture irrigation and devastation.

I have documented the closing Civil Defence failure, that saw NZDF army absence leave trapped Canterbury Television (CTV) building survivors to die horribly, here: CTV inquest. 214 dead. EQNZ, Pike River, Christchurch. On 22 February 2013, for the disaster anniversary, Christchurch City Council is claiming lead role – falsely as ever – perpetuating the self-obsessed myth of what they did that day. The truth is the opposite: their managers stayed home in fear and incapacity, in the main, and it was the workers of CityCare who held the city together that day; like they do every day. Do them some justice too.

Answers, and some honourable change, are needed: NZ Army to explain civil defence failure.

Greater Honesty Needed Over The Country’s State Of Preparedness – Council Watch voxy.co.nz 29 September 2010 + “The influence of local political agendas, interagency disconnects, and the ill-ease within many territorial authorities with the regional model introduced by the CDEM Act itself cannot be underestimated. The real challenge will be whether we will be able to address these issues honestly and constructively to ensure that our communities receive the protection they expect and deserve.” Jon Mitchell, Impact vol 39, September 2010.**

Emergency response reviews offer learnings: media release, Christchurch City Council, 5 October 2012.

Prime Minister Key to account for civil defence failure Press Release: Rik Tindall, 22 February 2013, 1:47 pm

Civil Defence – Home & Living – Christchurch City Council, EM newsletter #2: February 2013.

* Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM)

** Impact Newsletter NZ Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management quarterly

Corrective Action Plan following the Review of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Response to the 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake (PDF, 172KB) etc here.

~ Kia ora

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