An article in The Press on Saturday 19 November (under the by-line of Journalist Sam Sachdeva) says “Poor leadership and a lack of long-term vision at the Christchurch City Council could jeopardise the city’s recovery, an independent report warns.”
“The Future Canterbury Network report, prepared by business and community representatives, assessed the council’s performance since the September and February earthquakes. Its performance was judged as less than reasonable in seven out of nine categories.
“The report said the council had lost momentum and energy after its initial response to the earthquakes.
“Mayor Bob Parker dismissed the report as a “hatchet job”, saying the council should be proud of its work after the earthquakes.
“The report said that while the council’s preparation of the draft central-city plan had been “a model of successful community consultation”, there was no evidence that the city had translated the vision into a “concrete strategy”.
“There appears to have been little translation of the grand ideas into strategies . . . to keep the ideas contained in the vision alive.”