Looking for the lessons: Earthquake Symposium has messages for the country
John Mccrone, The Press
It is a simple question that all New Zealand cities need answered. Does Christchurch show we know how to run a disaster recovery? JOHN McCRONE reports.
Heavyset security guards hover by the door, casting a beady eye over the entrants. Looks like they could be expecting a mob of angry troublemakers at any moment.
Christchurch is finally holding its Earthquake Symposium – the one promised for 2017 and cancelled by former Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, even after 51 speakers and a venue had been booked, as it was deemed "too political".
Speaker after speaker at the symposium agreed the Government of the day failed to get that balance right.