Brown­lee’s fire com­ments un­help­ful

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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

‘‘By chang­ing how they mea­sure the prob­lem, fewer can­cers will be de­tected.’’ Phil Pear­son

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