Lianne Dalziel comes good

Lianne Dalziel kept herself out of the Labour party for years in the eighties because she opposed asset sales.

Now she is running one of the biggest asset sales programs ever seen in New Zealand, flogging off the silverware in Christchurch to fund the rebuild.

“We are committing to go back into the capital programme and have a really good look at it again,” Mayor Lianne Dalziel said. “Every councillor is committed to making savings within the capital programme and committed to finding savings within the organisation.

“We are not going to be selling anything that doesn’t need to be sold,” she assured.   Read more »

Minor Losers, Ctd – Clayton Cosgrove


Clayton Cosgrove’s career is all but over, even if he hasn’t realised it yet.

Despite a lifetime of trying to emulate Mike Moore he has succeeded only as matching his girth.

He got out muscled for the nomination in Christchurch East, then Christchurch Central, then he managed to lose in Waimakariri.    Read more »

“Oh the irony, it hurts!”, ctd


You know, you can be part of the Labour Party for many years, push against asset sales many years, and be synonymous with strong opposition to asset sales, until you become the mayor, and then – suddenly – the economic realities make asset sales just fine.

The airport is booming, making a healthy profit from the 6 million passengers that use it every year.

Orion made a cool $50 million last year, while the Lyttelton Port Company is another multimillion-dollar earner. But the cash-strapped Christchurch City may have to do a partial sell-down of them to pay for the city’s rebuild. Read more »

Bludging farming ratbags want to pour more poo into our rivers

Farmers are the biggest pack of socialists out there.

They always stick their hands out wanting more and more, whether it is free water, tax breaks or a free right to pollute.

They want society to pay their costs, rather than pay the costs they incur.

Silver Fern Farms wants to discharge up to 3500 cubic metres per day of waste water containing “fats, oils and greases; faecal coliforms; ammonia; suspended solids and BOD” into the iconic Waimakariri River.

Dropping industrial waste into the Waimakariri River is “just not okay”, leading open water swimmer Dan Abel has told a consent hearing.

The country’s biggest meat processor Silver Fern Farms (SFF) wants five more years to discharge tertiary-treated effluent to the river from its Belfast beef plant on Christchurch’s northern flank.

SFF wants to permanently link to Christchurch City Council’s Bromley treatment site but the quake-damaged pipe and separation pond system can’t handle the company’s biggest discharges.

The farmer owned co-op is frustrated it can’t fully use the CCC network until Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Team re-configures residential red-zones.

Meanwhile, river users have pilloried SFF for using its outfall below the old Waimakariri River bridge.

Abel, a holder of the 4th fastest time for a Cook Strait swim, said SFF’s discharges could no longer be tolerated.

The Kaiapoi-based tutor told his overseas clients “unfortunately New Zealand is too often good at observing mistakes the world makes and then copying them. Why do we have to be a world follower? Why can’t we be a world leader?”

Abel estimated the 292 submissions against SFF’s application represented more than 10,000 people, most of whom were “Jill and Joe average”. Read more »

Demolition crew to finish what earthquakes started


Christchurch’s former central city police station will most likely be brought down by implosion.

Earlier this year Ngai Tahu Property (NTP) confirmed the former Christchurch central police station on Hereford St could be demolished by either implosion or traditional demolition. Read more »

Lycra Force Field not able to contain bad attitude

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Here is story on a Russian dashcam-style road rage that allegedly happened in Christchurch.    It originated from GP Forums, here.

Hey all.

So today on my way to work, some clown on a pushbike clipped my car while I was stopped at a red light, then proceeded to ride right through the light.

Watched him further ahead run more red lights, not even bothering to try and slow or stop.

Caught up with him further down the road, and called out to him he needs to be more careful, or he’s going to get himself killed. He yelled back at me, if I had something to say, pull over and say it. Ok, challenge accepted.

I pulled up about 100m ahead of the guy, and he stops at my window. I mentioned to him (as diplomatically as possible) that he clipped and dislodged my passengers side mirror, and he ran through several red lights without even trying to stop…if he wasn’t careful, he was going to get himself injured or killed. His reply was simply, “**** off ******!” and he started to pedal off. Read more »

“News”: people vote with their wallets

Christchurch people appear to vote with their wallets.

The Press compared the party vote for each Christchurch polling booth to the level of poverty in the area.

The results broadly show that Labour won the party vote in poor suburbs stretching northeast from Sydenham to New Brighton, while National won the party vote in areas like Fendalton and the Port Hills.

Analysis of how people voted in areas with different poverty levels shows National picked up about 60 per cent of their Christchurch support in the city’s more affluent areas, compared to 42 per cent for Labour and 54 per cent for the Green Party.

National attracted about 25 per cent of their Christchurch vote from the city’s poorer suburbs, compared to 43 per cent for Labour.

University of Canterbury political science Alex Tan said the battleground for votes was in middle-class suburbs populated by swing voters.

Nothing new then.   It is interesting to see it mapped however   Read more »

Housing crisis or Green interference?

Guest Post

“Houston, we don’t have a problem …… but Auckland does”


This is a new two bedroom, two bathroom home in the leafy suburbs of Houston, Texas.

You can buy it today for NZ$240,000.   Read more »

Half a dozen protestors and it makes the front page of The Press?

Half a dozen people walk up a busy road in the freezing cold wind and rain all worried about non existent global warming and it’s front page news.

Protesters marched in Christchurch today to encourage people to think about climate change when they vote in next week’s election.

Several environmental groups have banded together and are trying to encourage people to consider climate a top priority when casting their vote.

Timed to encourage people to think about climate change when they vote in next week’s election, protestors marched in Christchurch today.   Read more »

Is The Press fair and balanced?

From The Press today, letters to the editor.

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