Joe Bennett is a columnist, for the Christchurch Press, sometime School english teacher, born in UK,, a bit different, a dog lover and now standing pretty much alone as he attempts to thwart bureaucracy as the Gestapo make moves to force him to vacate his Red Zoned Lyttleton house.
Joe's home is deemed to be in danger of being demolished by falling rocks that 'could' be dislodged by an earthquake.
Now other homes have suffered that very fate but Joe's has survived the three major seismic events (he is virtually on the Epicenter of a couple of them) and all the associated aftershocks and in spite of the promulgated theory that they have formed part of a one in one thousand year event the drips under pressure have ordered Joe to leave and he doesn't want to.
Joe is an intelligent man and after assessing the danger has made an informed decision to stay.
Now should Joe be a very stupid lover of the out doors, go into the mountains in the face of a deteriorating weather forcast, there is absolutely nothing to prevent him doing just that and when it all turns to sh*t, SAR will go into the mountains at considerable risk to themselves to find and rescue him.
However should he consult widely and in the face of what he knows and learns make an informed decision to stay in his house, then the unelected, self opinionated, shiney arsed, erring on the ridiculous side of avoiding a possible danger have made a ruling.
There has been a bit of over re-action going around lately, sort of shutting stable doors after horse departing.
In Akaroa we have seen the closing of the Gaeity Theatre, The Hospital and lastly the old Post Office that now also houses the Council community contact center and the Local information center. The old PO also serves as the CD HQ and is usually evacuated before the CD is up and running in two of the quakes but no one among the drips under pressure has thought to relocate it yet.
In the case of the Hospital the decision was made on a Monday and they were given until the following Friday to vacate. The cynic in me wonders if it was that bad why was there no danger of a calamity during the 5 days grace to vacate, why not all out now.
Go Joe, dont always agree with you, sometimes wonder why anyone would want to live in Lyttleton but it is your bloody right to stay.
Dont let the bastards get you.
The soft cocks cant get a tent city to move out of Hagley Park so don't worry.