New Zealand government to appoint quake commissioner

14:46, September 06, 2010      

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A car lies under fallen rubble in Christchurch, New Zealand after a powerful earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island early Saturday Sept. 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

New Zealand Civil Defense Minister John Carter will be appointing a special commissioner to air reconstruction of the Canterbury region after Saturday's earthquake.

Carter said on Monday that he e is in constant contact with the three mayors in the districts worst affected and will be presenting a report on the damage of the city to Cabinet on Monday.

He told Radio New Zealand that he had three or four people in mind for the role of earthquake commissioner.

Schools in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariki districts are closed and workers in the central business distract have been asked not to go in.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the total cost and extend of the damage cannot be quantified so no big decisions can be made yet.

Source: Xinhua


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