Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Well that was a bit of a joke.   An answer from The Minister for Building and Construction, Dr Nick Smith.  He tells me: “I am unable to get involved in individual disputes”…. “talk to the Christchurch City Council…”  or ” seek legal advice”.

Just how out of touch with reality is he? I can name, right now, 6 buildings within  200 metres of us that are derelict and have neighbours desperately trying to get resolution.

This government has been asleep at the wheel for 6 years over these issues.

  •  Incidentally, It is not a dispute. It takes 2 to have a dispute!
  • I have talked to the CCC. Ad Infinitum …. still dead useless…
  • We are now in discussions with LINZ (Land Information New Zealand). They are in charge of the Section 77’s, which to be honest are not worth the paper that they are written on. (These are a renamed section 38 make safe orders).
  • Lawyers?    Does he have a spare $1000 or $5000?  Haven’t the lawyers in Christchurch made enough out of earthquake misery yet? (Mostly as a result of this government not protecting the people and not forcing the insurance industry to settle within a reasonable time period).

Unless the Government develops some gonads, this issue is going to be a re-occurring theme throughout the country. Does the Minister really think that this is not going to be an issue in Wellington?  He’s dreaming. (Not unusual for this particular Minister I might add. He has become known as the minister that reduced the water quality of our rivers by revising the standards.  Down, down, down). http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/89767723/NZ-reputation-hurt-by-declining-water-quality-tourism-industry-says

This issue is going to have a massive impact on surrounding building owners nationwide.  Being surrounded by derelict and abandoned building is going to be the NORM!  Look at some of the small towns in the south island, Timaru, Ashburton, Waimate, Oamaru,  Greymouth, the list is endless,  all of them have un-reinforced  masonry buildings that are now semi abandoned, too expensive to repair, too expensive to pull down as well as being uninsured.

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ho hum, another day in a dysfunctional city.  It certainly is interesting!  I’m off to do some real work, paint the factory wall.

PS I hear that LINZ  are going to demolish one of our neighbours further down the street, this is happening as a result of the meeting between a building owner and Minister Brownlee last week.   Hum…  it appears that the Old boys network is alive and well in Christchurch…  At least it will create a precedent!

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Whoops, it needs to come down now so that the neighbours can open.

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4 thoughts on “Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

    • Yes, it was interesting trying to ring them. It took 4 calls to an answer phone. Then we went through the “what is a section 77”, then we had a very terse young woman, who was patently having a “very bad day”. We have no great expectations of them. As usual, we expect nothing, so are rarely disappointed when all the govt. agencies fail to deliver. Again….

      • LINZ’s in-house solicitor is so close to illiterate that her signature resembles the schoolroom script of a poorly educated 10-year old. Yes, I’m probably a snob, but you do expect law graduates to convey some image of professionalism. I guess that’s why she could only find work with the regime, and not in a real legal practise 😉

      • ouch, that is harsh! maybe its a fashion statement.. he he! It is unlikely that we will get that far up the food chain to find out. Looks to me like we got the brush off so far, “go away you annoying people… “, I got news for them… brother Joe is like a terrier, piss him off and he refuses to go away. We have had 6 plus years to refine this technique.

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