Engineers and private sector construction managers have spoken critically of the approach adopted by Christchurch City Council, described as slow and bureaucratic. Labour MP Lianne Dalziel - whose electorate is among the hardest hit - was more blunt still. "I'm over the council. They're incompetent."
Who would have ever thought we would hear these words uttered from a Labour MP. Has she finally woken up to what us ratepayers have known for years?
The bureaucratic juggernaught of local council has kept too many overpaid people ungainfully busy for too long. If there was ever a time to slash their empires this would be it.