The reconstruction of Christchurch will be directed by Gerry Brownlee, the Dim-Post can report.
Mr Brownlee, a National Cabinet Minister and former woodwork teacher will have authority over the rebuilding of the 19th Century cathedral city that suffered severe damage in an earthquake on the 22nd of February.
The first phases of the reconstruction have already begun, with the deliberate demolition of many businesses with their stock and computer equipment still inside them and the unauthorised destruction of several heritage buildings that suffered no serious damage.
‘We have to get Christchuch’s businesses up and running and work closely with the business community,’ said Brownlee as enraged business owners rioted in the streets.
Prime Minister John Key has praised Mr Brownlee for his ability to work collaboratively with others, his sensible decision making and long history of prudent public statements.
The reconstruction effort will be directed by central government on the basis that local and regional government agencies would not be able to cope with a task of such a vast magnitude. To assist with the additional demands now being placed on central government agencies Finance Minister Bill English has pledged to sack thousands of public servants.
Due to the damage sustained to the nation’s economic base, government revenues will decline sharply – so the Finance Minister has pressed ahead with plans to lower the corporate tax rate. Mr English is confident his policies will lift New Zealand’s economy out of recession.
Kate Wilkinson is Minister of Conservation.