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Leadership needed to champion rebuild plan

April 16, 2012 by


Helen Lochhead, an expert on sustainable cities from Sydney University, has made a positive remark about the draft Central City Plan, saying that it has all the components you would expect in a sustainable city. A promising statement, and a positive endorsement of the direction this city has indicated that it wants to go. Lochhead, talking […]

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 […]

Mayor speaks out, belatedly, on excessive state control

February 29, 2012 by


The recent focus on local politics continues today on this blog. And why not, for local politics has a significant bearing on the direction the city will take as it begins the big task of recovering and rebuilding. The political battle lines appear to be drawn up between The Mayor and Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee. Mayor […]

Local government reform on the agenda

February 26, 2012 by


The other day in a post I commented that I felt the Government may shy away from local government reform in Christchurch/Canterbury (in fact I said “I have an inkling the government may be cautious about such a prospect given what has happened in Auckland“). I might well be wrong on that as it looks […]