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  Reply # 1721173 16-Feb-2017 12:26 Send private message quote this post

We could get all those super secret government jets diverted away from their chem-trail duties to do water bombs for a while :p

 

But in seriousness, it is an unusual feeling, driving to work as if its a normal day, only the view to the port hills showing massive amounts of smoke. Similar to the events of the quakes, my own "daily routine" was not altered one little bit (which is fortunate I guess) so its like being a spectator and/or watching it happen "somewhere else".

 

Im sure the firefighters are doing their damndest to get things done. There will be a review, hopefully no fingers get unnecessarily pointed but if improvements can be made, then all well and good.


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  Reply # 1721948 17-Feb-2017 17:40 Send private message quote this post

I'm glad it's raining this afternoon.

 

I hope the Chch people don't bitch about the fires for the next 5 years.


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  Reply # 1721949 17-Feb-2017 17:46 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

kickintheeye:

 

I'm glad it's raining this afternoon.

 

I hope the Chch people don't bitch about the fires for the next 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 Harsh, How would you feel if your house was destroyed or a colleague was killed by the fires?





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  Reply # 1721951 17-Feb-2017 17:53 Send private message quote this post

MikeB4:

 

kickintheeye:

 

I'm glad it's raining this afternoon.

 

I hope the Chch people don't bitch about the fires for the next 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 Harsh, How would you feel if your house was destroyed or a colleague was killed by the fires?

 

 

I'm talking about the ones who are always playing the victim card, not the actual victims of the fires. There are always people like that in Christchurch. They don't even live in the risk areas, but they want to blame someone else, instead of actually do something to help the ones who needs support.




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  Reply # 1721954 17-Feb-2017 18:03 Send private message quote this post

kickintheeye:

MikeB4:


kickintheeye:


I'm glad it's raining this afternoon.


I hope the Chch people don't bitch about the fires for the next 5 years.



 


 Harsh, How would you feel if your house was destroyed or a colleague was killed by the fires?



I'm talking about the ones who are always playing the victim card, not the actual victims of the fires. There are always people like that in Christchurch. They don't even live in the risk areas, but they want to blame someone else, instead of actually do something to help the ones who needs support.



Examples of the victim card?

Blaming everyone else? For what?

So chch people don't support each other?

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  Reply # 1721987 17-Feb-2017 19:33 Send private message quote this post

BTR:

 

joker97: Apparently the rural fire fighters contained it on Tuesday and then went to bed. With the plan to put it out in the morning

Welcome to New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have proof of this or are you another arm chair professor who is throwing out remarks?. IMHO if you have to start a sentence that could be seen as damaging to someones reputation with the word "apparently" you are better off not saying anything at all until you have proof.

 

 

Another of such so called "news" agency reports

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11802864

 

 


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  Reply # 1722141 18-Feb-2017 10:03 quote this post

Some people had to get out really quickly.    I was talking to someone where I work, & their family only had enough time to grab their passports and a few clothes.    Their house is prob O.K. I think.




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  Reply # 1722389 18-Feb-2017 18:43 Send private message quote this post

I feel a poster here has an issue with the EQ here. Doesn't want to hear whining from ChCh people about EQ or now, the fires.

No,, we won't be whining about the fires for 6 years just as we didn't whine about the EQ for 6 years . We whined and talked and supported each other, as would any other NZ community. Talk to the media if it's boring.



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  Reply # 1722390 18-Feb-2017 18:45 Send private message quote this post

amiga500:

Some people had to get out really quickly.    I was talking to someone where I work, & their family only had enough time to grab their passports and a few clothes.    Their house is prob O.K. I think.



I hope so, many cordons lifted . I know people evacuated and on the spur

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  Reply # 1722558 19-Feb-2017 10:35 Send private message quote this post

tdgeek:
amiga500:

 

Some people had to get out really quickly.    I was talking to someone where I work, & their family only had enough time to grab their passports and a few clothes.    Their house is prob O.K. I think.

 



I hope so, many cordons lifted . I know people evacuated and on the spur

 

I heard they were evacuating Westmorland on Wednesday while I was heading back to Chch having been out of town all day.  I was turned away at the bottom of the hill by Police, and told that there was to be no access.  I parked, and then quickly ran up the hill avoiding the Police busy turning people away.  As it turned out, we were ok to stay once home, but had it made very clear to us that if we chose to leave then it would be a one-way trip, so we stayed put for the duration.  While a lot of houses would have had to have burnt in order for the fire to get to us, the wind was blowing it in our direction, and we wanted to be there to deal with any flying embers should we be unlucky enough to catch one.

 

While it worked out ok for us, if we'd done as initially told and not returned home on foot then we would have been locked out from Wednesday until late Friday afternoon with no opportunity to rescue anything, and only the clothes on our backs.  I know others in that situation.

 

I'm certainly NOT moaning about the effort that went into putting out the fires (once they got organised and properly on to it), but I do believe that lessons can be learnt about the necessity for clear and full communication to those who are impacted.  The other key lesson that I hope has been learnt is that ANY fire in dry grass and scrub should be taken extremely seriously, and dealt with immediately with full force.  Such fires are not "contained" until they're OUT.

 

I can only imagine that the poster who complained about moaners from Chch has never lived through earthquakes or fire, which are not instant events, but periods of stress that run on for days, months or even years.  Don't knock it until you've tried it.





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  Reply # 1722642 19-Feb-2017 13:35 Send private message quote this post

I heard it summed up nicely one day by a radio DJ, just after the Feb quake "there are people that will moan that they are on fire and then they'll moan at the ones coming to put the fire out". Unfortunately the NZ media seems to latch on to these people like vultures and thats all that gets reported on, not the 99% of the population that gets on and quietly deals with the situation. Unfortunately, news stories about every day people doing every day stuff doesn't seem to make the headlines......


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  Reply # 1722764 19-Feb-2017 18:34 Send private message quote this post

sen8or:

 

I heard it summed up nicely one day by a radio DJ, just after the Feb quake "there are people that will moan that they are on fire and then they'll moan at the ones coming to put the fire out". Unfortunately the NZ media seems to latch on to these people like vultures and thats all that gets reported on, not the 99% of the population that gets on and quietly deals with the situation. Unfortunately, news stories about every day people doing every day stuff doesn't seem to make the headlines......

 

 

If that's a reference to the Chch quakes and the way many felt they were treated by EQC, EQR, and insurance companies, I'm confident that the "moaning" by many was well and truly justified - regardless of the opinion of typical gormless "hate radio" jocks.


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