TC3 residents call for Brownlee apology

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 15:36 12/09/2012

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Christchurch technical category 3 residents are calling for an apology from Canterbury Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee over remarks he made about being fed up with their ''moaning''.

Brownlee made the comments yesterday in response to a survey organised by a TC3 residents' group and posted on their Facebook page, where respondents slated the performance of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Earthquake Commission, the city council and insurers.

"I'm a TC3 resident myself and I'm sick of these people carping and moaning,'' Brownlee said.

He aid the survey, which garnered 689 respondents, was "self-selecting" as it was accessible only to those who had internet access and had the time to "buggerise around on Facebook all day".

Parklands woman Kiri Hider, who formed the TC3 residents' Facebook group, said she wanted an apology for the remarks.

''I'd like him to do an apology to people in TC3. I think it's the same response to when he called [Mayor] Bob Parker a clown.''

She said the survey was also posted on Trade Me and the Rebuild Christchurch Facebook page.

''We got a really good number and the questions were good. You can't refute nearly 700 people's experience,'' she said.

''I see him as a man under pressure and a great deal of stress.''

Almost 300 readers responded to Brownlee's comments on press.co.nz today.

There was a small number of supporters, but most were critical.

Steve Meikle described Brownlee's comments as "arrogant and contemptible.''

Others called for Brownlee's resignation.

"I can't believe that the person in charge of the EQC would make a statement like this ... Shame on Mr Brownlee ... It's time you did something and a good place to start would be resign,'' H Proctor said.

A spokesman for Brownlee said today that the minister had no further comment.

In February, Brownlee apologised to Parker after calling him a ''clown'' for claiming the Government was putting pressure on the council to raise rates to cover its share of the earthquake recovery.

He said the clown remark had been "inappropriate" and he "shouldn't have done that".

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