The enduring power of the printed newspaper is vividly illustrated by page three of this morning’s Christchurch Press.
“Brownlee fed up with ‘moaning residents’” runs the headline to a report across the top of the page. It details earthquake recovery minister Gerry Brownlee’s diatribe against the “carping and moaning” of technical category 3 residents (those with green/blue-zoned homes) revealed in a survey completed by people who “buggerise around on Facebook all day”.
Immediately beneath is the headline “Infection, frustration, stress”, and the story of the Bedggood family.
Silt under the floorboards, holes in the roof, dust permeating the walls and chest colds all round.
It’s just another day in the life of the Bedggood family-of-four.
Their Richmond home was broken in three by the February 22 quake and was zoned technical category 3 (green-blue) …
[Bryony] Bedggood and husband Dan sleep in the living room after Eva, 9, and Tom, 11, go to bed.
She said all four took antihistamine pills daily because of the dust coming from the ceiling cavity and silt under the house.
“We’re unhealthy, we’re very stressed out. There’s no quality of living in half a house,” she said …
Bedggood was one of more than 600 people to respond to an online survey organised by TC3 residents, where more than half of the respondents said they were living in a house with major damage.
h/t @secondzeit; thanks @edmuzik for the pic