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  • Lilith __, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Best wishes for 2014 . Looking forward to positive changes local and global .

    Thank you Gudrun, best wishes for you too!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    New Years Day in Sumner

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Rodeo in Canterbury. Jan 4 2014. Gotta hang on .

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    What da?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Great shot. Ouch. Methven?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Hebe,

    Mandeville.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    The Mayor spells out where Christchurch is at three years on:

    This is the key for me: "I want all political parties to come to Christchurch and talk to us about what we want to achieve as a city before they tell us what they are going to do."

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9731081/Mayor-Last-councils-tragic-legacy

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Good speech, eh?
    I get the sense she's asking national politicians: how 'bout we take another look at the "binding cost-sharing agreement" - because we are staring into a black hole, and it's a bloody uncomfortable feeling.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Yeah. To be fair to the previous council, they were under immense pressure from the govt to sign a cost-sharing deal to the big projects. And to be fair to the govt, they were - and are - under immense pressure to make sure that there was no flight of capital and people from New Zealand's second-biggest city, which would have effectively made it a high dependency unit with only the knackered and the needy left.

    Insisting that the deal is absolutely binding no matter how broke the city is after the insurers finally settle up, is wrong and unjust.

    We, the ratepayers, will get landed with the bill, generations of unsustainable debt for massive projects on we never had a chance to have input, let alone decisions. It's not okay (to pinch the hook from the psychosocial health campaign gearing up for the third-year fall-down forecasts).

    The Mayor said on the tv news tonight that business cases had even been made for the projects!

    So it all goes. After the crappest year of my and beloved's life health-wise, employment-wise and financially, I'm consoling myself with being an early adopter of the third-year thing. Moments of magic are reappearing. Hope you and yours are going well Rob.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    It's not okay (to pinch the hook from the psychosocial health campaign gearing up for the third-year fall-down forecasts).

    It's not all right! (okay was something else entirely).

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Hebe,

    Fingers crossed for a better 2014 :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    :-)

    The Mayor said on the tv news tonight that business cases had even been made for the projects!

    Get a grip Hebe: should be "no business cases".

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    The central city “precincts” always were a a dumb, half-baked idea. And surprise, surprise, businesses are setting up wherever the hell they like. Law firms don’t need the “justice precinct”: most of their business isn’t court work anyway .

    As for the stadium which apparently we’re committed to: ask anyone from Dunedin about their covered stadium. Last year the people of Dunedin subsidised 93% of its rates. What a winner.

    Library users are missing Central Library Tuam, which has been demolished for the “justice precinct”, and replaced with the tiny, inadequate Central Library Manchester. And our Bus Exchange is being moved further from the centre so there aren’t so many ugly buses cluttering up the CBD. How will people get into and around the CBD? Who knows.

    I’m so tired of being upset by all these things, by the lack of democracy and rationality in planning. I’m moving to Dunedin. I hope to be able to think of other things.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Lilith __,

    The central city “precincts” always were a a dumb, half-baked idea. And surprise, surprise, businesses are setting up wherever the hell they like….
    ask anyone from Dunedin about their covered stadium….
    Library users are missing Central Library Tuam …
    our Bus Exchange is being moved further from the centre.

    Spot on. CCDU plan was/is a steaming pile of horse sh*t; a corporatist wet-dream of turning the centre of the city into a combined mall, bigger even than the malls that surround it, and corporate HQ, complete with a ‘funky’ R&D division, a lawyers’ office, gym, guest-centre and sick-bay.
    At least Lianne seems to understand this.
    Hope Dunedin is good for you. Lilith. Lovely city. Nice of you to move there and help them pay for their stadium :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    Agree. I can do without the CBD now, and I see no reason why I will be lured back in to spend much time there apart from the Arts Centre end and the rare trip to a specific shop.

    Not to mention the infrastructure (sewer, water, stormwater pipes; power and telecoms lines) now being estimated as being far worse than budgeted for. Anecdotal from several friends who work in that line have all told the same story: that when the crews do the digging the damage is much more than expected. So repairs will cost lots more.

    I’m moving to Dunedin. I hope to be able to think of other things.

    Best wishes for the change. I completely understand your thinking: the layers of complication and change are wearying and seem like they will never end. Dunedin is a neat place, and I'm sure you'll find it much easier to find a cosy and creative burrow. (And never hear the word "resilience" again.)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Did you see Aftermath on Prime last night? Some man from CCDU said they basically locked the doors on a group of planners and designers for three months so they could come up with the plan. It shows: silo upon silo, with no way in for anyone else.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Hebe,

    Yeah, it all feels wrong at the moment, but at least some of that is probably me.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Ditto: I'm hoping that there's some wise minds on the job and that it will all make sense eventually. Anyhoo, I'm leaving them all to it and staying with the small-scale personal reconstruct.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Philip Burdon hands out an elegantly-worded beating to just about everyone in power down here:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/9732947/Doughnut-represents-Ceras-failings

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    In the absence of proactive imaginative leadership by central government and the responsible ministers, the city is heading for a very ordinary solution as opposed to the opportunity for the imaginative and exciting solution that we had all been hoping for.

    Didn't expect to agree with Mr Burdon but that's aimed at the fella who's taken over (substantially) his seat in parliament. Ouch.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Hope Dunedin is good for you. Lilith. Lovely city. Nice of you to move there and help them pay for their stadium :)

    Heh. Thanks Rob, and Hebe. My best wishes for you both. And for dear old Chch.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    As for the stadium which apparently we’re committed to: ask anyone from Dunedin about their covered stadium. Last year the people of Dunedin subsidised 93% of its rates. What a winner.

    Still a contentious issue down here, and no one is particularly happy with the cost and how the figure slowly creeps up.

    But plenty of people are really happy with the stadium and glad it was built. There might be different priorities in terms of what should come first, but Christchurch should definitely build a covered stadium somewhere in the queue. I would almost never go to events at Carisbrook, but I've been several times to the new stadium, and it kicked everyone's butts at the Rugby World Cup.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I thought I might just slip this in here, as it is also a story about Christchurch in the 1930s:



    Seminar; Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 12 Wai-te-ata Road, KelburnWednesday 26 February 2014, 4.10pm-5.00pm

    Geoff Lealand
    Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato

    'This beastly publication': The Shirley Temple vs Graham Greene
    civil libel case of 1938

    As part of my current research on Shirley Temple 'double' competitions in New Zealand in 1935-1936 (an investigation of fandom and cultural memory), I encountered the High Court of Justice (UK) civil libel case of 1938, when Twentieth Century-Fox successfully sued Greene and the publishers of Night and Day magazine in wake of Greene's review of Wee Willie Winkie (John Ford, 1937).

    The review suggested, amongst other things, that Temple's admirers were primarily 'middle-aged men and clergymen' who responded to 'her dubious coquetry', and it is regarded by some feminist writers as possibly the first exploration of the sexualisation of young girls in cinema. Nevertheless, there are a number of recent re-interpretations of this case, as in Gaylyn Studlar (2013), Precocious Charms: Stars Performing Childhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema.

    The significance of this case will examine, as well as other ‘literary’ connections to Shirley, an investigation of the child film star (with a particular New Zealand inflection). This presentation will also reflect on contemporary manifestations of Temple-like celebrations of early girlhood, such as reality TV star Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (USA, 2012-2013)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    And those aurora are waiting for you :-)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Have the scales finally been pulled from Brownlee’s eyes?
    Brownlee ‘let down’ by EQC
    Good that he takes it so personally…

    Optimism is such a fragile construct here
    these days, and no 'feathered things' in sight…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

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