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What are the lessons from the Christchurch earthquakes? The government was slow in their quake response, but does that mean we should give more property market power to the private sector?
In the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes, the role of government, council, and property developers was tested and stretched to the limit.
The private sector ended up moving faster than the public sector, producing some challenging imbalances that highlighted a problem that is national in scale. Should the agility and independence of private developers being allowed to gain the upper hand over the slower – but arguably more democratic – government machine?
Some of the answers lie in the rubble of the Christchurch quakes.
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