Story in today’s Press highlights the important role the Chch Labour MPs have played in keeping their communities informed and advocating on their behalf post earthquakes. The ChCh bulletins from the Labour MPs have been and remain an important resource.
The Fairfax Media-Research International poll out today suggests an ongoing rump of discontent.
Some 31.2 per cent strongly agree that the speed of decisionmaking affecting individuals and home-owners has been far too slow. And 44.8 per cent agree or strongly agree that the speed of decision-making affecting businesses has been far too slow.
Labour has long been preaching the need for community buy-in, to soften the blow of inevitable bad news. Its local MPs have kept up a daily earthquake bulletin – up to its 137th edition – and rallied street corner meetings and caravan clinics.
Canterbury University researcher Kris Vavasour has canvassed hundreds of residents about communication after the quakes. A “big issue” for people was conflicting and confusing information, specifically from leaders like Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee or Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, Mr Vavasour says.