People 'more important' than buildings

Last updated 05:00 24/12/2013
Christchurch construction
Fairfax NZ

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Having left Christchurch after surviving 10,000 earthquakes in a council flat that was badly damaged and in the red zone, I am disturbed by the fact that some want to spend mega money restoring old, badly-maintained buildings when there is now an opportunity to begin again.

We should make Christchurch a safer place to live by moving the centre to stable land, and building one ecumenical church, replacing both the cathedral in the square and the Catholic cathedral in Barbadoes St.

I have found it difficult to comprehend that buildings, restoration in particular, seem to be more important than the real needs of people.

We need affordable, safe housing and more emphasis on repairing essential infrastructure.

If people are still using portaloos I am not surprised - some in control are more concerned about cycle tracks and green areas.

I am sad and I miss the town where I was born and spent most of my life.

I hope that people will become more important than old buildings, and that providing safe, affordable housing and good infrastructure will take precedence over restoration, cycle tracks and lawns, which probably will never be properly maintained anyway.

One day I hope to return,  just not yet.

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