Since we were discussing Christchurch

18/04/2012 § 3 Comments

…please allow me to point you to the latest Insight from NZIER (my day job). Shamubeel Eaqub has put together the numbers so you don’t have to.

A few highlights (if I can call them that):

  • residential building area consented is only just now almost reaching the pre-earthquakes level. Ay caramba! A bunch of house FELL DOWN and we aren’t replacing them?
  • non-residential building consents are below 2007, 2008, and 2009. Of course, there was talk of over-building then, and also a clear shift from run-down spaces to shiny happy tilt-slab spaces. But still, to reiterate, a bunch of buildings FELL DOWN or were pushed over.
  • Only 5,400 taxpayers appear to have left, with an unknown number of dependents in tow. That’s really good news, because it means that people aren’t just abandoning the city.
  • OTOH, the data show 28,000 lost jobs! Yikes! This is a city with a population about a bit less than 400,000 people. Lovely that people have decided to stay, but how are they putting food on the table?

So, please, have a look.

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§ 3 Responses to Since we were discussing Christchurch

  • National has to be bleeping [comment revised - Ed.] themselves over what’s going on here. If they don’t take over, they’re left bailing the City out in a couple years when Parker and Council’s managed to entirely destroy it. If they do, they wear the results in the next election. Christchurch has always been a bit red, but party vote National collapses here if they stuff the place up.

    They’ve gone for the take-over. Let’s hope they move fast to implement Prod Comm on land use in Christchurch as a test case.

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