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Government to take over?

April 5, 2012 by


Could the draft City Plan be under threat from central government? That is what is clearly implied if the accusations against Gerry Brownlee from Labour, and Christchurch East MP, Lianne Dalziel are to be believed. The accusation levelled on Brownlee by Dalziel is that the Government is considering taking control of the Central City rebuild. Despite the […]

A whole bunch of local politics

January 27, 2012 by


Should we sack the Christchurch City Council? Some people think so, but is it the ethical thing to do? What about democracy? The Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) has already been sacked (over something as trivial as water) and most of the power of the city currently resides in the all-powerful, answer to nobody, appointed government […]

Dalziel to run for Mayor?

November 30, 2011 by


Newly reelected Labour Party MP for Christchurch East, Lianne Dalziel, has given an indication that she may run for Mayor against Bob Parker in the 2013 local body elections. The current parliamentary term lasts until 2014. “I will stay full term but I’m not going to rule out going for the mayoralty because I don’t know […]

Christchurch: The Super-City?

July 13, 2011 by


First we had the Auckland ‘Super-City’. Should there now be a Christchurch ‘Super-City’? The Minister of Local Government, Rodney Hide, certainly thinks so and at a local government conference in Wellington he floated it as an idea that Christchurch and Canterbury residents should consider. Hide said the Christchurch City Council could be turned into a unitary […]

Central City Plan Workshops

May 21, 2011 by


On the back of last weekends Community Expo and the Share an Idea website, there will now be a series of workshops held from 28 May through to mid-June. The workshops will be two and a half hours long each and I imagine they will flow from the key ideas generated thus far (over 30,000 […]

NZTA v Wellington City Council – Implications for Christchurch?

April 20, 2011 by


A big issue in Wellington right now is the stand-off between the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Wellington City Council over funding for Wellington’s Roads of National Significance (RoNS). Basically, NZTA have said that the region is at risk of $2.4 billion of road investment if the Wellington City Council does not make a […]

CERA is go, but will the people have much of a say?

March 29, 2011 by


The Government has set up new single authority, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), to lead the earthquake recovery effort in the city and across the region. But will the people of Christchurch be kept in the loop during the rebuild? Mayor Bob Parker seems to think so, claiming that the Government has demonstrated a […]