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HELP US DEFEND YOUR
RED ZONE RIGHTS
companies think they
can pay less
by repairing red zone
Repair what? All red zone
properties are going to be
We are taking our insurer to court to make sure they do the right thing and the result will set a
precedent for many red zone property owners.
If you are in the red zone don't accept anything less than the full replacement cost of a new home.
Rev Mike Coleman is coordinating a fund to help us win this fight.
Please donate if you can to Kiwibank account 389014-0404322-00
Matt & Valerie O'Loughlin
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Put the pressure on
Come on: Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee is urged to do
''something positive'' for Rangiora.
Farmers Rangiora has been
proved to be central to the well-
being of the town and is now stuck
with an insurance company which
is obviously reluctant to meet its
Further to that, we have weasel
words from both local and
national politicians excusing their
lack of direct action.
It was quoted that caution was
required before government
Local council and government
are elected to do the bidding of the
electorate, not to suit themselves.
The local population would
without doubt be pretty much 100
percent behind any move to
enforce a settlement on the
Both local and national
government have a lot of clout.
The insurance company
involved could be threatened with
being totally blacklisted from any
government business, their
licence to operate could be
The IRD could start taking a
special interest in the company
Let s get tough with these
mean, tiny-minded insurance
Come on Mr Comfortable
Brownlee, get off your backside
and do something positive for
Rangiora or are you already too
cosy with the insurance sharks?
Who else objects to being forced
into the dairy industry by being
treated as cash cows by power
Our retailer Contact has
changed our prices to ensure we
continue to sustain and grow our
What euphemistic twaddle.
Other power companies also
ensure profits accrue to
government, by regularly
ratcheting up charges.
So, relief from incessant
milking of the consumer is
unlikely from this National
Government which introduced
this unworkable deregulated
This happens in a year where
we are told there is excess water
storage and a likely power surplus
should the Bluff smelter
Isn t it time we kicked off these
Unfortunately, as I indicated in
an earlier letter to this column, I
predicted that people would be left
behind by the new bus service.
The silence of our local MP is as
deafening as when I contacted her
regarding this service.
The Blue Line maybe good for
But it is not good for the
We stepped back seven years
when this service was introduced.
If Ecan was truly committed to
public transport for this area, the
previous service would be re-
This would be followed by a
review of what exactly the
Waimak needs in the way of
I note that our local council is
also very silent as well.
However we know the truth,
that Ecan is not committed to
public transport out here, as
proven by their actions, not by
If the figure for building the new
Kaiapoi service centre complex is
$13 million or one million, the
Waimakariri District Council
should be ashamed.
Council facilities should be low
on the priority list for Kaiapoi.
I paid our rates at the Sewell St
office and that facility was all that
If the proposal is to rebuild on
the old site, a definite no from me.
Council should not be occupying
prime retail area.
Why do councils anywhere have
the urge to have the biggest
building on the best piece of real
estate, yet being the building
doing least for the economy.
As for the library, very few
people I know used it, and in this
internet age, now even less.
Here is an ideal time not to
rebuild, and what really annoyed
me at the old library were the
bludgers in the heated facility on
a winter s day reading the free
press and using the internet.
A lot of these people were
probably not even ratepayers.
I m surprised they didn t get
free coffee and cake.
If a new library is built against
the wishes of those of us who say
no, then make it user pays and
give the rest of us a break. A Millar
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