From Morning Report yesterday:
Auckland Mayor John Banks: “I was part of the Government of the time when this legislation was put in place that allowed this untreated timber, that allowed no voids, that allowed chicken wire, that allowed…”
Sean Plunket: Why did that happen?
John Banks: I reflect on this often. I am not a builder. I have no knowledge of these things. It has been a legacy of disaster step by step.
Sean Plunket: No no but why did you vote for that? What was said at your caucus that convinced the Government of the day to remove protections and remove hitherto entirely adequate provisions around building materials and construction methods?
John Banks: I can’t remember. But I’m not going to…
Sean Plunket: It is your job. Surely. I am sorry Mr Banks, that is not going to stand. What do you mean you can’t remember?
John Banks: You are being silly Sean. You are just being silly.
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson sat around the same Cabinet table with Mr Banks when those fateful decisions were made. I wonder if he remembers?