"Highlighting the inadequacies of the way in which the earthquakes of 2010-2012 were handled by the insurance industry! "

Response from Andrew Little, Labour Leader of the Opposition


6 May 2015

Dear Sarah

Thank you for your letter.

Firstly can I be clear that there has never been a bipartisan agreement between Labour and the National Government about the Christchurch earthquakes response and rebuild.

We have consistently and strongly challenged the frame and detail of the earthquake response and raised many issues over the behaviour of both EQC and insurers.

Clayton Cosgrove as our EQC spokesperson and Ruth Dyson, our Earthquake Recovery spokesperson, are regularly challenging the Minister, Gerry Brownlee, as you’ll see in this recent media statement about the specific red zone issue you’ve raised:

I’m attaching a link to Labour’s 2014 EQC and CERA manifesto which demonstrates the very different approach and specifics of our policies compared to those taken by the current government.

It is appalling that four years after the earthquakes many Cantabrians still have their lives on hold as they battle their way through EQC, insurance and other earthquake related issues. The people of Canterbury deserve better than that and I assure you that Labour continue to fight for you and hold the Government to account.

Thank you for writing

Yours sincerely

Andrew Little
Leader of the Opposition

Author: Sarah-Alice Miles

Love to write, create and watch the clouds move across the sky - these days in the Netherlands. 'Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time'.

2 thoughts on “Response from Andrew Little, Labour Leader of the Opposition

  1. “Typical left wing waffle”… Coming from a typical Tory, that’s high praise… This sort of vacant, shallow rubbish is only dragged out when there is something the tories would rather not talk about….. and Christchurch has become a byword for incompetent, and corrupt governance…. Only an ignoramus who does no more than lap up the inane drivel served up by the poodle pack that masquerades as a “fourth estate” would possess the level of ignorance to be “comfortable” with making such vacant utterances…

    My thanks for such an excellent example of why NZ is rapidly swirling down the toilet of history as a sovereign nation….


  2. Typical left wing waffle, Little Andrew wouldn’t know how to drive a screw given a screwdriver and an instruction manual. Ruth & Cosgrove delivered soundbites and ciriticism but no ideas on how to fix the mess in the years after the quakes and Labour is unlikely to be in Government until after the whole sorry story is written and Christchurch embarks on decades of litigation and recrimination. And as for National too little too late in terms of ensuring their citizens received timely and fair treatment from EQC/Southern no response and the insurance industry generally shame on you.


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