Christchurch City Council

Christchurch Council appear to be more dangerous than the GCSB

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The Christchurch City Council has come under fire for putting a dog-listening device in a couple’s backyard without their knowledge.

The council says on this occasion, normal procedure wasn’t followed and permission was not sought to place the listening device on the property. Read more »

Sob story on Stuff: reporters didn’t check facts

Today Stuff has a sob story about a Christchurch bar that has had to close due to Council policy wonks and the number of car parks they need.

The owners of a Christchurch bar locked in a stoush with the city council will close their doors with a “bitter taste” in their mouths on Sunday.

Kaizuka Eatery and Garden Bar co-owner Dwayne Vaughan remains embroiled in a dispute over the number of car parks on his site.

He said complying with the Christchurch City Council’s advice to hire a planner would be “admitting failure”.

“We’ve given staff notice that our last day is on Sunday. [It’s] gutting but you’ve got to move on,” he said.

It had not been decided whether the business would be sold, Vaughan said.   Read more »

Ex-Labour MP, now mayor of Christchurch pushes ahead with asset sales

I always find it amazing then when a socialist is freed from the constraints of dogma and their party whip they find reality stalking them…

Christchurch City Council has started its controversial programme of asset sales, announcing plans to sell 100 percent of City Care.

The construction, roading and parks maintenance business – valued at $136 million – is just one of many the council wants to sell to meet a shortfall in its budget for repairs to earthquake-damaged infrastructure.

City Care employs just over 1500 workers around the country and is the largest council-owned company of its type in the country.

Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said it would be an attractive asset for some buyers.

“A company that is involved in facilities management, civil construction, building construction and so on has got to be an attractive proposition,” he said. “Probably buyers will be already involved in that area in some form or another, and this would be a good opportunity for them to scale up.”

City Care is not classed as a core asset and can therefore be sold without any public consultation.

Mr Townsend said those that were considered core assets, including the port, the airport and lines company Orion, would also be sold off – but only partially and not before next year’s local government elections.

“As the council gets further into other asset sales, there are some that are particularly sensitive, particularly their core assets which they have determined they want to retain control of.

“If they want to sell down part of those to raise capital, then we might see a bit of fun, and that will probably happen post-election.”

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Wow a council that gets something right

Window washers are scumbags, usually gang related, basically just stand over merchants smearing dirty water onto your windscreen for a gold coin.

They are breaking as many by-laws as actual road safety laws and no one seems to do anything about them…except in Christchurch.

A Christchurch City Council committee is recommending the police be given the power to prosecute the city’s windscreen washers.

Police said the number of windscreen washers at busy intersections had increased over the past three years, along with complaints about public disorder and shoplifting in areas where they operate.

They also claim gangs are using standover tactics and taxing them on their earnings.

They are asking the council to give them the authority to arrest people and seize their equipment as part of the Public Places Bylaw.    Read more »

A million dollars for a website? Christchurch City Council have got to be nuts

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The Taxpayers’ Union has revealed that the Christchurch City Council has spent more than a million dollars of ratepayers’ money on a flash new website.

The Taxpayers’ Union is labelling Christchurch City Council’s spending of $1.2 million on their new website as irresponsible. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Rather than spending ratepayers’ money on the rebuild effort, Christchurch City Council have splashed out $1.2 million on a website.”    Read more »

Finally – somewhere – a Council planner’s head might be chopped off. About time!

For too many years developers, builders, property empires, land owners and home owners have ​suffered at the hands of local government dunces. It would appear that they operate with a degree of impunity and with complete disregard for professional expertise let alone the law.

Now that at least one goon is going we might only hope that the same will happen in Auckland. What New Zealand doesn’t need – is more of these useless control freaks doing whatever they want.

For some, it is black and white. Christchurch City Council’s planning department has been doing a useless job for years. And it is about to get what’s coming.

It failed early on after the earthquakes because Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee had to take over the council’s draft central city plan and create his own recovery blueprint.

It failed again in taking too long to get going with a general rethink of the city’s planning map. Brownlee had to set in motion the fast-track Land Use Recovery Plan (Lurp), followed by an equally accelerated District Plan review, to impose certainty on a quivering landscape.

Now it has failed even this test, judging by the rough words of the Government-appointed independent hearings panel charged with pushing through the District Plan before the Earthquake Minister’s statutory powers disappear next year.

Every resource management lawyer in town is talking about what the panel chair, former Christchurch High Court judge Sir John Hansen, said about the council’s chief planning officer Mike Theelen, when ripping into the suggested draft version.

After blasting the council’s work on a new manual of planning regulations for the usual reasons – vague, wordy, ineffective – Hansen went much further in singling out Theelen personally, saying he seemed surprisingly ill-informed about the draft’s contents given he was meant to be in charge.  Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending Competition, Ctd

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The people of Christchurch have been nominating all sorts of silly spending by their council and Mayor Lianne “Patsy” Dalziel. In the midst of a massive budget shortfall, in the vicinity of $1.2 billion dollars, the Christchurch City Council is making some very silly decisions.

Solar Powered Dunnies at $125,000 a time seem a bit expensive, but they are a lot cheaper than the exceptionally useless piece of art that you can’t even take a dump in.

ElZorrodePlata commented:

And yet they spend $2M on … http://www.mch.govt.nz/news-events/news/fanfare-artwork-be-installed-christchurch

It’s downright ugly and the worst thing is that in the afternoon sun, the spinny thingy’s reflect the sun, so there is quite a bit of real distraction when you are driving.

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New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

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Lianne Dalziel has managed to grow up as a mayor, maturing enough to understand that a childish reaction to “Asset Sales” is inappropriate when your city is rooted. So she has been given a lot of credit for being willing to sell assets to help Christchurch rebuild.

This makes everyone wonder whether she went on a bender when some halfwit proposed spending a million dollars on fancy solar powered toilets.

The Christchurch City Council is spending nearly $1 million on eight new state-of-the-art solar-powered toilet blocks.

Brightly-coloured “Exeloo” units will be installed in parks across the city and Banks Peninsula during the next six months at a cost of $970,000.    Read more »

Lianne Dalziel cries a river of tears

Lianne Dalziel reckons she is sorry…for doing nothing.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel has made a tearful apology to residents of east Christchurch, who feel she has let them down.

Dalziel made the emotional apology on Saturday in response to hundreds of submissions from east Christchurch residents on the council’s proposed 10-year budget, known as the draft Long Term Plan. The submissions expressed frustration at the slow pace of recovery and the lack of proposed spending in New Brighton and the eastern suburbs.

Dalziel’s voice cracked with emotion as she apologised.   Read more »

Gee, this is timely

Gee, this is timely as we countdown to the 5th anniversary and 1000s of examples on how useless the Christchurch City Council is.

Wonder if the announcement is coinciding with when big pay rises for pretty inept councillors are announced.

The rebuild is winding down so perfect timing…typical of a council coming too late to the party and a few dollars short.

City councillors have unanimously approved plans to set up a one-stop shop for investors and developers keen to be part of the rebuild.

Development Christchurch will be set up under Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL), the council’s commercial arm, and provide advice to the council on unsolicited development proposals and look after some of the major capital projects the council has on its books. It will also help progress the council’s suburban master plans.   Read more »