'Carpers and moaners' set to party
Christchurch's so-called earthquake whingers are set to ditch their troubles for a night of fun.
The Carping and Moaning Party is being held tonight from 8pm at New Brighton's Roy Stokes Memorial Hall.
It was initiated last month after Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee accused quake survey respondents of ''carping and moaning" about their situation and said complainers were likely to be those who had time to "buggerise around on Facebook all day".
Organiser Anthea Livingstone, of the Rebuild Christchurch Foundation, said it would be relaxed event with BYO food, karaoke and live music.
The night was about be tongue-in-cheek fun, she said.
Numbers were unclear because most tickets would be sold at the door, but the hall held up to 300.
''People who are going seem to be really excited about. They've been under a lot of stress so it's something to look forward to,'' Livingstone said.
A ''worry box'' would allow attendees to leave their quake troubles at the door.
Organisers were considering sending the box to Brownlee.
''A lot of people have got a lot to whinge and carp about, so it'll give them a night off to let their hair down,'' Livingstone said.
''Some of the communities, like the TC3 residents, are building up really good friendships. They're very supportive of each other and people need to be able to talk about what's happening to them.''
Many quake-affected residents were facing financial and health concerns.
''You can't say, 'Don't be negative and don't whinge' because some people have got a very heavy load and it's not going away anytime soon,'' she said.
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