I write to you today as an every day Kiwi, a New Zealand Maori, a proud Cantabrian and as person who passionately cares about what happens to the people of Christchurch. To yourself I maybe nothing, I may not be rich, I may not articulate myself nor write with the distinction your people who will reply to this, will display. But what I can say, is I will do all I can to help those still suffering in this City.
Mr Key I watched you speaking on Campbell Live on Thursday the 16th of May 2013; where you stated that National had stepped up for the people of Christchurch by providing 15 billion of the 40 billion + debt the disaster will accumulate. That is great, though I must make note before I continue that as that money has come from tax payers pockets, in truth it is NOT National that has stepped up, but tax paying New Zealanders like my husband. So I would appreciate a correction to that statement.
Now going back to where you stated National has stepped up – what I would like to bring to your attention – you may believe National has stepped up, but can you confirm when exactly yourself, Gerry Brownlee or any member of your Party have ever stood up for any non business related home owner in Christchurch?
When exactly have you stood up and made it clear to Insurance Companies and EQC that enough is enough, that the way the rebuilding or repairs of homes is proceeding, is unacceptable and needs to be done in a more acceptable and transparent manner?
When have you or Gerry ever not sent a reply that states the same words we hear from Insurance and EQC “It is a complex situation” – we know that it is an event that no-one expected let alone wanted. But when Sir have you legitimately stood up publically and shown you even cared? Both yourself and Gerry appear very cold and uncouth regarding the real victims of the Christchurch Earthquakes; THE PEOPLE!!
Yes you are in Christchurch every week or every other week sir but have you once stepped into a home with toxic mould growing in it, have you reached out and visited homes in the communities whilst in Christchurch? Or shall we expect that next year – so you can pretend to care in election year just to win votes??
I encourage you sir to step into some Christchurch homes if you are in the City this winter, see for yourself what 3rd World conditions some people are being forced to live in. Instruct Gerry that there is a Rental Crisis in Christchurch, where many landlords are taking advantage of the crisis and making renting unaffordable for many. It is very concerning that Gerry is so blind to the crisis or is choosing to ignore it.
Also Sir I ask you to personally reply to this email, and not pass it on to Gerry as you have done on more than one occasion, ultimately Gerry might be the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake, but Sir his work is substandard to say the least, the fact that he presents himself as rude and unapproachable makes me much prefer that the reply to this email comes from yourself. Not to mention the majority of the email is regarding yourself and statements you made on Campbell Live.
My family to a point, have found our peace, though in the process we have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in an asset that was once a family home, but Sir unlike yourself (in election year) my fight for the people does not stop after our battle to be heard is almost over, my fight remains until each and every person is heard!
So sir I say instead of saying you have stepped up for the people, how about you STAND UP for the people of Christchurch!!
Born and breed Cantabrian of Ngāti Maniapoto descent