The important purposes are set out below:
"(a) to provide appropriate measures to ensure that greater Christchurch and the councils and their communities respond to, and recover from, the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes:I have previously noted that these purposes would seem to capture almost any conceivable government action.
(f) to facilitate, co-ordinate, and direct the planning, rebuilding, and recovery of affected communities, including the repair and rebuilding of land, infrastructure, and other property:
(g) to restore the social, economic, cultural, and environmental well-being of greater Christchurch communities:
So, a "starter for 10" for Thursday afternoon, while the government continues to debate the Bill under urgency:
Q: What action, plausible or fanciful, would legitimately fall within the ambit of this purpose clause?
And, as a supplementary question, what, if any, action (other than the truly hyperbolic or fanciful) might not be capable of being justified under this purpose clause?
Some suggestions of legitimate government, some plausible and some fanciful, action to start you off:
- Suspending the obligation of Cantabrians to pay GST (economic wellbeing).
- Authorising the establishment of a nuclear power plant to supply power to Chch (economic and social wellbeing).
- Prohibiting open fires and chimneys and mandating clean air initiatives (environmental wellbeing).
- Abolishing the Christchurch City Council or amalgamating it with surrounding local authorities (all the wellbeings and coordination of recovery).
- Demolishing houses surrounding Lancaster Park and designating the area for the construction of hotels and bars (social, cultural and economic wellbeing).
- Establishing a high-tech business park in Hagely Park (economic wellbeing).