Chris Trotter suggests that the ACT-appointed architect of the amalgamation of local government in Auckland, Mr Ford, will be "assisting" with the rebuild of Christchurch. I sincerely hope he is joking. Or speculating.
Mr Ford is to local government management what the Ministry of Works were, in the 1960s, to architecture. Brutal, functional, ruthless, pervasive.
I've not liked the parochialism that characterises Canterbury, but maybe it could have one virtue.