Is there a Darryl Kerrigan in Christchurch? [updated]
After the release yesterday of the government’s CGI fantasy for Christchurch, comes the plan to acquire the land on which the governments’ slick CGI creations are planned. Because virtually all of that land is privately owned, you know. (Something planners always overlook.)
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee expects most of the land needed for rebuilding central Christchurch will be obtained by negotiation, but some could be compulsorily acquired.
A “negotiation” with a big stick at the door. The sort of “negotiation” that Al Capone used to undertake with his “clients.” A negotiation not with one hand tied behind your back, but with it twisted up your back until it hurts.
The sort of compulsory acquisition that Daryl Kerrigan from the hilarious film The Castle would understand.
Naturally, in such a forced negotiation—especially if the land is simply taken—the big, big question is: what are land owners going to be paid for their land. Brownlee again:
Most of the land in the affected area has very low value and it won't have any value until there is a plan to put things back into that part of Christchurch that creates that value.
So that answers that. “It’s
So much for property rights.
Time for a screening of The Castle in Hagley Park.
UPDATE: Bill English has revealed this morning he intends to “help pay for the rebuild” by buying land cheap from property owners (“most of the land in the affected area has very low value”) and selling dear later on.
“It’s worked for us with Red Zone land,” says English, unconcerned with how it’s worked for Red Zone property owners.
Government buying land cheap and selling dear to finance their double dealings has a long history in New Zealand. You might recall it was the foundation of Wakefield’s original plan to colonise the place—a setup at a stroke fleecing both iwi and colonists, one quickly enshrined in the second half of the Treaty of Waitangi’s Second Clause banning land being bought and sold by anyone but the government.
A colony built on a government land shark. And we know how well that worked.