That’s what happens when you get a Labour mayor

Things have turned to…well…poos…in the city of damned:

Christchurch residents are reporting a foul odour in the city. 

Social media users have described the smell as “like poos” or like “wet dog”, with some Twitter users adding the hashtag reference #chchsmells.

Ruby Sanderson tweeted, “Why does Christchurch smell like dog poop today?”.

Sean Hogan said, “So I’m not the only one smelling poo in Christchurch. Thought it was me.”

Press Facebook users said the smell was like “wet dog”, “fertiliser”, “compost” and “vomity” and some said they first noticed it yesterday afternoon.

One poster joked that Bunnings at Tower Junction had been “full of mothers sniffing their babies bums”.  

Another, who noticed the smell in the central city last night, said the strong odour had made a colleague dry-retch.

Residents in Avonhead, Ilam, Addington, Russley Somerfield, Opawa, Westmorland and Beckenham have all reported the smell.

However, people in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs, including those near Woolston’s strong-smelling Gelita gelatine plant, are reporting no noticeable smell.

The source of the smell remains unknown.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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