Canterbury Cricket’s dodgy deal to take money ear-marked for people suffering from the quakes has gone down about as well as might have been expected.

Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network spokesman Mike Coleman said while he had not been opposed to the construction of the new pavilion, the donation was “absolutely outrageous”. “There’s no way that they can argue that this has anything to do with earthquake recovery,” he said.

“That money was given . . . to go towards those who are seriously affected and trying to recover.”

Given their obsession with putting this ground onto public land, and their desire to do whatever it takes to get it done – including tapping a charity which raised funds to alleviate people’s suffering in the immediate period after the quakes – one has to wonder whether the people at Canterbury Cricket have any morals at all.