Christchurch

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 »

A sensible councillor

The Village of the Damned appears to have at least one sensible councillor.

Ensuring homeless people have a roof over their heads this winter is not the Christchurch City Council’s issue to solve, Ali Jones says.

The city councillor has spoken against a plan by Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck for the city to spend up to $400,000 underwriting the leasing of private rental properties to homeless people.

“At the risk of sounding cold hearted, I cannot support it,” Jones said.

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Cry Baby of the Week – Tell your filthy hipster son to shave

Once again the media are pimping out a story of a kid whose mother doesn’t think the rules of a school to apply to them.

This time it is a whacko mother crying a river of tears because her precious little darling doesn’t want to shave and thinks growing a beard is his human right.

A Christchurch mother is fighting an “archaic, discriminatory and sexist” rule that meant her 16-year-old son has been banned from school for more than a week.

Kay Peebles says her high-achieving Year 12 son was sent home from Hornby High School about noon on April 30 and told not to come back until he removed his facial stubble. Its school rules state that pupils must be clean-shaven.

She met with the school hoping for a “change of attitude against the discrimination of the hairy” but had no luck.

A Ministry of Education spokeswoman said a school’s Board of Trustees had “complete discretion” to manage the school as it saw fit, including bylaws that prohibited facial hair.

However, she said stubble was not “of itself” grounds to stand down or suspend a student.

“If a student repeatedly refuses to comply with school rules, that can amount to continual disobedience,” she said.

“For this to result in a stand-down or suspension, the continual disobedience must be a harmful or dangerous example to other students at the school.”

Peebles said people her son’s age could drive or decide to be parents, she said, “but are treated like kindergarteners when it comes to their facial hair”. “It’s important to me that he be allowed the choice at his age what he does with parts of his own body.

“There is nothing more natural than body hair.”

The school allowed her son – who Peebles did not want to name because he was “just a kid” with good job prospects – to sit an assessment in a time out room this week. “But he was to show up to school and leave immediately.”

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Asset Sales backfires on Dalziel

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The leftie mantra that asset sales are evil under any circumstances as come to haunt ex-Labour MP and Christchuch mayor Leanne Dalziel

Six Christchurch City Councillors are pitching an alternative budget in a bid to avoid asset sales.

The Christchurch City Council is facing a $1.2 billion dollar funding shortfall and is considering a partial sell-down of its assets, including Christchurch International Airport, Orion, and Lyttelton Port. Read more »

When hypocrisy turns into a spectator sport

The Labour and Green parties have vehemently been anti-asset sales for decades.    The Christchurch mayor was a Labour MP against asset sales only a few years ago.

The Greens believe Christchurch’s assets are going to be sold, although the city council insists no decisions have been made.

It’s been discussing selling assets to help pay for the rebuild, and a consultation document has been released which proposes raising $750 million.

The council yesterday announced it had appointed financial consultants Cameron Partners to provide commercial advice on asset sales.

“The council is approaching the option with an open mind and will not make a decision until it has completed consultation on the plan,” Mayor Lianne Dalziel said.

“Asset sales are only on the table because we face an estimated $1.2 billion shortfall in funding, the proposal is to sell shares to strategic partners that have the community’s long-term interests at heart.”

The council owns assets including Lyttelton Port Company, Orion and Christchurch International Airport.

The Green Party’s Christchurch spokeswoman, Eugenie Sage, thinks it’s a done deal.

“Why on earth would Christchurch City spend money for financial advice on asset sales that may not even happen?” she said. Read more »

Rate payer at fault for not providing toilets for prostitutes

Why is everything always the problem of tax and rate payers?

Sex workers told The Press in a year long investigation into the lives of prostitutes, the top thing that could improve their welfare on Manchester St was having a toilet – even just a portable one.

The nearest are in Cathedral Square but are locked at night. Women have to ask clients to drop them at toilets at service stations, or go behind bushes.

Auckland University associate professor in sociology Tracey McIntosh said the lack of facilities reinforced to sex workers that they are “seen as a blight on the city scape”.

She said street workers knew they were held in “poor regard” by the population. Read more »

Rock stars we are

The New Zealand economy is still a rock star, according to Paul Bloxham, the man who originally coined the phrase.

In a New Zealand economics comment, Mr Bloxham, the chief economist for HSBC Bank Australia, said despite lower dairy prices and lower growth in its major trading partners, New Zealand’s economy continued to be supported by a construction boom and the story had further to run.

As a result, interest rates were at high levels when compared with the rest of the developed world and the currency was high.

The New Zealand dollar was nearing parity against the Australian dollar for the first time in 42 years. Some early signs of domestic price pressures picking up suggested the New Zealand Reserve Bank was unlikely to cut rates this year, in contrast to current market pricing, he said.

Mr Bloxham said there were a range of indicators showing the New Zealand economy was still booming.

The broadest economic indicator of gross domestic product, or GDP, showed growth was broad based across industries with 15 of 16 sectors showing expansion over 2014. Overall GDP was running at a well above annual trend of 3.5%. The more timely indicators confirmed the strength had continued into 2015. Read more »

My Boxing Journey: From Fat to Fit – Part Two

I wasn’t going to write a part two, but there are so many things that I have experienced over the past 8 weeks that I really should do more.

Since the fight there have been more than a few nasties out there, plenty on the left who are too gutless to step through the ropes themselves, and all of whom forget that what I did was for a charity.

None though are prepared to say to my face what they say on Twitter or Facebook.

But here is the real reason why I share things about my battle with depression, or weight-loss or boxing…so that others may learn and not allow what it is that is hampering their own progress to impede them any longer.

I feel that if I share then they should be able to, and especially for dealing with depression this is very important.

For every hater who is so consumed with their personal beef with me when they don’t even know me there are plenty of others who quietly write me heart-felt emails about changes that have come about for them as a result of what I have written.

I write this blog for me and no one else…but sometimes what I write or do helps others.

Let me tell you about after the event…I was walking out to the car where my gear was…the event was over and people were leaving.

It was Christchurch and the media had created a negative frenzy about me…problem was I was being congratulated by everyone…it was humbling…there was certainly not any animosity or so I thought.

As I walked over to the car a guy called out from across the car park. He waved me over….uh oh…Christchurch…big massive guy…more big massive guys nearby…just me…where’s my mates?     Read more »

The Rockstar Energy Drink SUPER 8 Redemption – less than a week to go

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The Rockstar Energy Drink SUPER 8 Redemption

Less than 1 week to go!

In under a week the Horncastle Arena, Christchurch will bear witness to the biggest line-up of professional boxers ever seen in Christchurch in The Rockstar Energy Drink SUPER 8 Redemption on Saturday 28th March!

The SUPER 8 last man standing fighters featuring American Brian Minto are
Kiwi fighters, Monty Filimaea, Lance Bryant, Asher Derbyshire, Israel Adesanya, Samoan Farani Tavu’i, Ghanaian Joseph Kwadjo and Australian Daniel Ammann.   Read more »

Give a Little so I can Cop a lot

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As you all know I am doing a charity boxing match on March 28 versus Jesse Ryder.

We are fighting to raise funds for Kidscan.

They have created a Givealittle page to assist…I have agreed to fight the red corner if more than $10,000 is raised.

Cameron Slater and cricketer Jesse Ryder will go toe-to-toe in the ring in Christchurch. These two sometimes controversial and polarising figures say getting into the ring for KidsCan is a huge motivator.

• People who donate $500 or more, will receive a ‘Super 8 Redemption’ t-shirt signed by Jesse and Cam.

• If Cam raises over $10,000 he will fight in the red corner of the boxing ring. Anyone who knows Cam understands that his political leanings are blue, so this will be a big deal for him!

• But wait there’s more, everyone who donates will go into the draw to win a lunch with Cameron and three friends at the ‘White Rabbit’ in Auckland’s Britomart – transportation at their own cost.   Read more »