Saturday, 11 September 2010


This is something we have heard quite a lot about and we are delighted to see that superb economist Brent Wheeler has done a really good analysis of the economic pluses and minuses of the Canterbury Quake. Its a really interesting blog and Brent has done a great job of telling something relatively complicated in a way that even blondes and brunettes can understand.

1 comment:

Clean Green New Zealand said...

The cost of the Christchurch earthquake could be as high as $4 billion; that's $4 Billion to return the city to what is was before the quake struck, but lets think about things for a moment. Is this an opportunity to not only repair the city, but to improve the city, is this an opportunity to improve the existing infrastructure in Christchurch by doing the following:

Installing a Smart Grid (or at least the buried containment for one).

Installing Electric Vehicle charging stations.

Under-grounding Overhead Power Lines.

Replacing copper telephone lines with fibre optic cables.

Installing non-potable water systems.

Upgrading key utility corridors to cope with predicted population increases

Don't get me wrong, the Christchurch earthquake was a terrible event; I just hope the people responsible for rebuilding the city have enough foresight to look towards the future; if roads are going to be dug up to repair below ground utilities / services, then please take advantage of the situation - it will prevent future excavation works and keep disruption to a minimum, something everyone in Christchurch wants.

Have a look at to see what I'm talking about