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?

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“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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Impenetrable protest at Christchurch John Key appearance yesterday



The Nasty Party supporters are out in force

These are from Botany:

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Ratbag flees cops on motorbike, no surprises he is now dead

A ratbag motorcyclist has fled from cops and smacked himself up in the process, resulting in his demise.

Let’s hope he is an organ donor so some good may come of his poor decision making.

The motorcylist killed while fleeing police in Christchurch today has left behind a young son, his distraught friends say.

The incident began about midday when an unmarked police car was travelling away from New Brighton on Hawke St.

The motorcyclist rode past the unmarked police car at speed and on seeing the car accelerated towards Marine Parade.

The two officers then saw him travel through a stop sign at speed, police said.

They made a U-turn and activated their lights and siren and had just reached the intersection with Marine Parade when they saw the motorcyclist, about 150-250m further down the road, crash into a vehicle travelling in the same direction but turning right into a carpark.

The red Nissan, with two elderly occupants who received minor injuries, had indicated to turn right into the car-park of New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club.

As they were turning in, the rider hit their vehicle and was thrown some 10m, police said.

The male motorcyclist, in his 20s, died at the scene.

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Labour’s Christchurch bribes now include chucking cash at the uninsured

Labour has released yet another Christchurch policy that is so totally ill thought through it is stunning to think it made its way through the Labour Party policy council.

Why bother having insurance if the taxpayer is going to bail you out. The Labour Party is bribing voters in their hundreds so they can still hide behind the fig leaf that is they are fiscally responsible.

Labour would offer to buy all red-zoned bare land at the full 2007 rateable value.

The Government is offering to buy out uninsured properties at 50 per cent of the land value.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson Ruth Dyson said the policy was not only affordable, but the “right thing to do”.

“A 100 per cent buy-out offer is the right thing to do for people who were unable to obtain insurance cover on bare-land or commercial properties before the earthquakes.”

Dyson said it would cost $23.4 million – “a drop in the ocean in the context of the rebuild”.   Read more »