'The most accurate advice I was getting yesterday was from the media' - Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee on Christchurch fires

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Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the best information he got yesterday as the Port Hills fire situation deteriorated was from the media.

Gerry Brownlee says the Govt 'will learn' from how things were handled yesterday.
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Mr Brownlee made the admission in Christchurch today as he toured the area with Prime Minister Bill English.

He said: "I think the most accurate advice I was getting yesterday was from the media."

He said it was initially a Rural Fire Service matter, not a Civil Defence one.

He praised the work of firefighters and said the Government would need to look at how information was relayed to Wellington in such cases.

Bill English faces repeated questions about how the Govt has reacted to the fires.
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The Prime Minister updates the media from the city's Central Command Unit on the efforts to tackle the massive fires.
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Mr English says the most important thing yesterday was not the flow of information to the Beehive.

* Corin Dann has full analysis of the political handling of the Port Hills disaster on special coverage from 5.30pm-7.30pm on TV1 tonight.

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