New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd


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. ??

They will replace earthquake-damaged toilet blocks, many of which have already been demolished at South New Brighton Park, Bexley Park, Avon Park, Cashmere Park, Duvauchelle Sports Ground, Le Bons Bay, Awa-iti Domain and Heathcote Domain.

Council parks unit manager Andrew Rutledge said the council chose to install the Auckland-made Exeloos rather than building the more traditional toilet block because they offered fast installation times and “high and consistent quality”.

The costs were not a lot different than building conventional toilet blocks, he said.

The solar panels would power the lighting. A unit being installed in Bexley Park in September would also have its own solar-powered pump station.

The Christchurch City Council has a tough job that requires them to make some tough decisions.

Tough decisions include not spending a million dollars of ratepayers money on solar powered toilets.