"If services break down they won't be replaced," Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
"Welcome to the urban countryside."
Earthquake recovery boss refuses to tell ratepayers how much they might have to pay.
Public meetings in Christchurch are proving a vent for frustration and anger.
"I have a team of about a dozen in CHCH and I'm struggling to keep them busy."
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