The reasons I understand them is because of:
1)Last week prince william was given a tour inside the cordon. He doesn't even have a business inside there. Instead of giving prince william a tour, the officials should have taken business owners instead to get their tools.
2)I think I read in media reports that the demolition workers stopped work for the 1 minutes silence. They should have kept working. Getting businesses up and running is more important than 1 minutes silence.
3)I think I have heard the police use the argument of it being too dangerous for people to enter their damaged buildings and it puts emergency workers lives at risk. It is dangerous to go rock climbing without supervision but it is legal even though it puts emergency workers lives at risk if the rock climber gets into trouble. The thing is, emergency workers are choosing to put their lives at risk. If the police do not want to rescue people who go into their damaged buildings to retrieve tools then they should choose not to go and rescue the people so therefore their lives will not be at risk. If businesses leave christchurch it will lead to a lack of jobs and huge unemployment. The police should allow any cbd business owners and cbd residents to retrieve whatever they want from their business/house/apartment on their own even if the resident does not have proof their business or house is located inside the cordon because some people's papers are inside their buildings so they cannot prove they own the place. Very unlikely people will steal things because their vehicles are not allowed inside the cordon. If the police want to do patrols that is fine.
A friend of mine who has a business inside the cordon who says civil defence is being too slow to open up the cordon is requesting as many people as possible to actually phone call civil defence and tell them to hurry up and give business/residents access to the cordon any time they want without supervision. If anyone here on geekzone would like to help the phone number for civil defence's head office is at their site:
Phone calls in numbers may make a difference.