Brownlee’s fire comments unhelpful
I could hardly believe my ears when I heard Gerry Brownlee criticising the people co-ordinating the fire fighting on the Port Hills.
If Brownlee has any expertise in this field, I am sure his comments would be appreciated if communicated via appropriate channels, either now or during later investigations.
For the Minister of Defence to criticise these hard-working people in such a public manner at the height of a civil emergency is entirely inappropriate, and can only be counterproductive. Henk de Groot Russley
It’s his job
I find it unfathomable that Gerry Brownlee can, as Minister of Civil Defence and Minister of Defence, say he is surprised why a declaration of civil emergency wasn’t activated earlier.
Isn’t it his job to involve NZDF resources as soon as possible, to provide support and protection to people and property in a natural disaster?
As has been the case in his many portfolios in Government, he has failed to act promptly and with any degree of energy on this issue and it is very quickly turning into a larger disaster than it should have been.
It’s another example of this Government sitting on its hands too long. Tak Tothill Opawa
Typical of the man
Minister Brownlee’s criticism of the response to the fires, while admitting he did not have enough information, is typical of the man.
This is the man who defended EQC while it treated us with contempt for seven years. This is the man who has mismanaged the Christchurch recovery. Should he be involved in another disaster? J McKay Upper Riccarton
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