Ombudsman may be needed, says support group

6:57 am on 26 June 2011

Christchurch community support group CanCERN is suggesting the city may need its own Ombudsman to deal with an expected surge in complaints from residents.

Chairman Tom McBrearty says the idea was brought up at community meetings after the September earthquake.

But he says when it was put to Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee at the time he was hesitant to create an Ombudsman if it was not needed.

Mr McBrearty expects more complaints will start being made in about five months' time relating to all sorts of matters including the Government offer to buy properties in the residential red zone.

He says if that is the case, the community would be in favour of having an Ombudsman to go to.