Prime Minister John Key says Christchurch's flooding issues
need to be resolved, and it's up to the council to come up
with a plan.
Residents in Flockton Basin are demanding action after their
homes were flooded this week for the fourth time in just over
Speaking in Christchurch today, Mr Key said the council as
lead agency was meant to provide a proposal to the Government
on the next steps, but hadn't done so yet.
"It's too long, and the real point here is that we can't act
until either the council makes us the lead agency or they
provide us with a proposal," he said.
"You can't have hundred-year floods happening every two or
three weeks. It's ridiculous and people can't live like
Asked whether the council had put enough resources into the
issue, Mr Key said he understood they had two or three people
working on it.
"It's clearly not enough.
"I understand the pressure is on the council. I'm not blaming
them, I'm just simply saying that residents want answers and
they're entitled to answers . . . and we want to give them
"But every action we take has to be supported by the proper
Asked how long the Government would wait before stepping in,
Mr Key said he suspected - given the media attention - a
proposal would turn up in his office quite soon.
Mr Key said the council's tense relationship with Earthquake
Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee was not a complicating
"There is always a bit of natural tension and natural arm
"Is it perfection? Probably not, but we want to work
constructively with Lianne Dalziel the mayor and the
Ms Dalziel said today a three-week deadline had been set for
a taskforce report on appropriate fixes for flood-hit
She said she could understand residents' frustration, but the
Flood Taskforce needed time to report back on temporary
"They're looking for some answers now," she told newstalk ZB.
"I've asked the officials to bring back that taskforce - the
first taskforce report - in three weeks.
"That will tell us what those immediate solutions are."