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A big THANK YOU to Roger Sutton

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 7:32 am Tue 25th November 2014

What is really annoying me is the reaction from some quarters to any praise for Roger Sutton’s work during his time at CERA and for his dedication to the rebuild of Christchurch.

The petty-skirt brigade would have Sutton strung higher than the engineer responsible for the collapse of the CTV building; the comparative media coverage particularly on ‘Stuffed News’ points to the total loss of objectivity that can be suffered by journalists and web editors when women’s stories hit the political arena.

The condemnation even extends to the Christchurch City Council for penning a letter of appreciation, which is rather ironic given the current mayor is a former Labour MP. (The condemnation from the remnants of her former party and the little man they now have leading it are discussed in the previous post)

Following the February 2011 earthquake, Christchurch was in a state of total disruption. Many of those people who previously held executive positions were landed in foreign territory, with their job roles altering overnight.

Tensions were strained, tempers flared, arguments arose – there were confrontations over what direction the rebuild should head in. Who, in their right mind would take a $200,000 pay cut to step into that mess.

Someone who believed in themselves? Someone who was willing to take a risk? Someone who was dedicated to their community? Someone who felt they could make a difference?
Not to mention, someone who had the temperament and skillset along with the foresight that might bring cohesion to the chaos and deliver results.

Big ask!

It was a brave move by Roger Sutton to put his hand up for this job. He, like many other men have worked so hard and made sacrifices – sacrifices that have taken a toll on their family life and their health.

State Services Commissioner Ian Rennie is likewise being condemned for holding a press conference for Sutton’s resignation.
(He apparently ignored communications advice)
No, let’s not do anything – anything that would inconvenience our feminist politicians, putting them in a position where they might have to show support for a man condemned by railing feminists.

If Rennie hadn’t held the ‘now infamous’ press conference, minds would have speculated, tongues wagged, rumours emerged, and Sutton would have been quietly condemned for crimes he didn’t commit.

Andrew Kibblewhite, chief executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, who will take responsibility for CERA from February, is condemned for being present at the press conference.

Why did he sit next to Sutton’s wife? Why did he hug Sutton in front of assembled media?

John Key describes Kibblewhite’s decision to travel to Christchurch for the press conference as a “miscalculation and a mistake” saying “it wasn’t a good look”.

How pathetic can you get – our Prime Minister suggesting Kibblewhite’s behaviour and support was inappropriate – what feminism does to the human mind is what, isn’t a good look.

Thanks, Ian Rennie for having the courage to put a decent end to some petty office politics, and thanks, Andrew Kibblewhite for not being afraid to be human.

The political condemnations are a joke.

Most importantly, THANK YOU, Roger Sutton, for investing yourself in this job, and in your city. You’ve been a major factor in returning Christchurch to a working, economic and viable city – some of us do appreciate that Christchurch was a major disaster putting a huge strain on our country’s economy – your contribution should not be underestimated, undervalued and must not go unacknowledged.

Roger Sutton in 2009 was chief executive of Christchurch lines company Orion and chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

In May 2011 he was appointed chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) a new government agency to lead and coordinate the on-going recovery effort following the September 2010 and February 2011 quakes.

The total cost of the Christchurch rebuild has been estimated at between $20 billion and $30 billion. Finance Minister Bill English said in his 2012 Budget speech, “it is without doubt the largest – and most complex – economic project in New Zealand’s history”.


  1. In response, I would also like to add something else. Here is a man who touches, he hugs, he has a sense of humour. Despite the hard job that he undertook and the long hours, he remained a human being. At what point does it become so wrong to hug other people? It is his personal style.

    As to some of the other allegations and speculation – who knows. Trial by media. Was Sutton right or wrong? I don’t know. What is wrong, is the culture where a person is vilified and shunned for expressing themselves. If he made mistakes, he made mistakes – that makes him human, not a pervert. The women that he offended? Grown up’s, humans, humourless and so cotton-woolled in feminist thinking, they forget the obvious. Women are responsible for themselves also. The do not need collective legislation, collective condemnation. Women need to speak for themselves, keep themselves distant from someone they might be offended by -or choose to lighten up and not be offended by one man’s personal style

    Comment by RayKayJay61 — Tue 25th November 2014 @ 8:54 am

  2. In my experience the female of the species in NZ are given narcissistic training from a very young age. Mothers teach them that their beauty and manipulation skills are the key to life and the FATHERS teach them that they are very special and can do no wrong. Why then should we expect them to change when they become adults?

    Comment by Kant — Tue 25th November 2014 @ 9:01 pm

  3. National’s Minister of Women’s Affairs, Louise Upston, on Roger Sutton:

    Despite Sutton breaking his confidentiality agreement and revealing details of his behaviour, women should not be cowed into not making complaints, she said.

    “In this day and age, as it should be, action is taken and there are consequences. For women in the workplace, at whatever level, they should take confidence in that.”

    Rennie declined to comment on Upston’s remarks.

    She also said public outrage over the Roast Busters affair, in which teenage girls were shamed on social media for their sexual activities, was further evidence that society no longer tolerated such sexist behaviour.

    Notice the continual linking of Sutton to Roast Busters, and then this, the unfinished business of feminists.

    “There is still a gender pay gap. Women are still highly represented in low-paid jobs, and they are still victims of sexual violence and domestic violence in numbers far in excess of males,” she said.

    “Unfortunately, there are still many out there who think the fact that we got the vote, that we have MPs in Parliament, that we have ministers – that we’re kind of done.

    “No way. While there is still a gender pay gap, we’re not done.”

    Interesting headline – It’s a win for women.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 27th November 2014 @ 7:19 am

  4. Interesting also how much this sexual harassment process resembles the Family Court.

    It’s another secret court for women, with an appointed judge, and at the end of the process the alleged offender is forced into a confidentiality agreement. Like with the Family Court, if you’ve been to court, there must be a problem, so we head down the same path with the hidden contexts of sexual harassment.

    In a similar fashion definitions have been watered down and there is a lack of objectivity as to what is considered sexual harassment. Regardless of any individual’s behaviour it boils down to another shame game, were the evidence is not publically known, only the existence of the allegation.

    The secret society of women, allowing the condemnation of a women to mean what she wants.

    There are allegations that Sutton breached the confidentiality agreement, putting his spin on the behaviour complained of, at the press conference. The difference is of course that the media are not restricted in publication as they would be with a court case.

    Equally the media has been able to obtain details in a round about way, while suggesting that the complainant is not also breaching confidentiality, by providing information to third parties. (In a recent employment case a women was fined a $1,000 for doing exactly this)

    These processes, if they are any good anyway, are in the end destroyed by their secrecy and favouritism of women.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 27th November 2014 @ 8:24 am

  5. Thanks Downunder for your sharp observations about new secret caught$ $pringing up like non-magic mushroom$. Lu$t for other people’$ money and conflict of intere$t seem to be $pringing up everywhere.

    ‘In this day and age, as it should be, action is taken and there are consequences. For women in the workplace, at whatever level, they should take confidence in that.’

    I hope that the Minister is also referring to consequences, if the complaints are shown to be vexatious or malicious or spurious or just poorly founded?

    It seems that the balancing of hazards and responsibility, between complainant and the accused, needs to be thought through again and again.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Thu 27th November 2014 @ 8:36 am

  6. Interesting how you get the same domestic-violence rape-culture mentality …

    … with the likes of Jackie Blue (overpaid equally opportunity mouthpiece for feminist employment propaganda) talking about the amount of ‘unreported sexual harassment’ in the workplace.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 27th November 2014 @ 12:11 pm

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