'Working together' also means deleting from the narrative any mention of the plight of the eastern suburbs. When Townsend talks of 'smelling the money' pouring into the central city , he chooses not to talk about the great many people who are struggling to survive week by week.
How bad is the situation?
Last month an arm of government itself, the Ministry of Housing, Innovation and Employment, told the Christchurch City Council that over 7000 people in Christchurch could be 'homeless'. It's a fair bet that most of them will be found in the eastern suburbs.
That figure was dropped on the city council's community, recreation and cultural committee by ministry researcher Dan Martin.
Martin said that the ministry defined homelessness as people who had 'insecure' housing including people who lived on the streets and in overcrowded conditions.
He estimated that anywhere between 5500 and 7500 people were homeless.
Martin warned that the situation would not improve (translated: it will get worse) until 2015 because of people arriving in the city looking for work in the construction industry.