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Crisis Politics and Neoliberal Disaster Recovery in Christchurch

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Guest article submitted to Fightback by Raven Cretney (Otautahi / Christchurch).

Four years ago, on the day following the February 22nd earthquakes in Christchurch, Prime Minister John Key spoke these words:

“Progress is certain, things will get better, Christchurch will rise again. On behalf of the Government, let me be clear that no one will be left to walk this journey alone. New Zealand will walk this journey with you. We will be there every step of the way. Christchurch; this is not your test, this is New Zealand’s test. I promise we will meet this test”

While it is commonly accepted that disaster recovery takes a long time and is a complex and multi-faceted task facing many individuals, organisations and institutions, we can look at the experience of ‘recovery’ in Christchurch and see some very clear problems with the current state…

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Author: Sarah Miles

Trained as a lawyer, psychotherapist and mediator. My goal is to make my voice heard for the causes in which I believe so as to improve and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable society. I believe in the enormous power of the human spirit and the power within each of us to effect major change. "The only triumph over evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing".

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