Gerry Brownlee says he is "sick and tired" of Christchurch residents "moaning" about the slow rate of the quake-hit city's recovery.
A survey of 689 residents whose homes have been zoned green-blue slammed the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the council, the Earthquake Commission and insurance companies.
Mr Brownlee, dismissed the survey, saying it was "self-selecting" and only filled out by people who had time to "buggerise around on Facebook all day".
"I'm a [green-blue] resident myself and I'm sick of these people carping and moaning," says Mr Brownlee. "The constant suggestion that somehow we've abandoned these people or forgotten about them is just the most insulting thing they could possibly say."
According to rebuildchristchurch.co.nz, a green-blue property is at defined as one where "moderate to significant land damage from liquefaction is possible in future significant earthquakes. Foundation solutions should be based on site-specific geotechnical investigation and specific engineering foundation design where foundation repairs or rebuilds are needed. This might involve deep piles."
The Earthquake Recovery Minister says he'd rather the rebuild happened slowly than make bad decisions.
"They can be as grumpy as they like. I'm not making bad decisions for the future of Christchurch simply to meet the timelines some people are demanding.
Do you think that the rebuild is on track and christchurch residents need to be more patient? or are you offended by Brownlee's comments and more needs to be done?