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Speaker: Christchurch: how did it come to this?

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  • Steve Barnes,

    About that Convention Centre

    Let’s put this project budget into perspective. $284 million is not a small amount of money. It is more than twice as much as Ngai Tahu was paid for centuries of historical grievances.

    This $284 million is being spent on a dubious project while at the same time:

    · Christchurch City Council is being forced to sell off money-making assets in order to stay afloat,

    · Damaged playgrounds won’t be repaired,

    · The city’s roads will take 30 years to fix,

    · Sewerage will leak into the city’s rivers for another 20 years,

    · The $10 million Arts Trail project was pulled,

    · $10 million from the Margaret Mahy Playground was cut,

    · The Metro Sports Facility is stalled,

    · The Residential Demonstration project won’t go ahead,

    · The new Library has been scaled back to save money,

    · The Arts Precinct is stalled,

    · The City Gallery has had its purchasing budget slashed.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

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    Share an Idea, which purported to involve ordinary citizens in shaping post-quake Chch, was never anything more than a cynical PR hoax. According to the CC Council site the wretched thing won an international award, which you can “read all about” here. Yet another spin doctors’ picnic at the citizens' expense.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    · The Residential Demonstration project won’t go ahead,

    I missed that (so much being decided and undecided that it is easy to not know about huge chunks of the city). That is a shame: it looked like an interesting starting point. Here's a link to the original plan
    https://ccdu.govt.nz/projects-and-precincts/residential-demonstration-project

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    which you can “read all about” here.

    Page not found
    The page you requested cannot be found

    And that is from their own link on their own site. Hmmmm. Let me know when CCC have organized a pissup in a brewery and I will arrange venue and refreshments.
    I did think at first that the bog roll was the official emblem for the project for a while there.... "and now wash your hands of all responsibility".

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Hebe,

    so much being decided and undecided that it is easy to not know about huge chunks of the city

    This seems to be the Modus operandi for Right Wing powermongers, keep 'em guessing, keep contradicting yourself, keep 'em confused.
    It is a shame the tragedy of Christchurch is but another opportunity for these scumbags to grab more for themselves.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    And now govt/Fletchers will drop some housing into the south CBD.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sacha,

    give me land, lotsa land...

    And now govt/Fletchers will drop some housing into the south CBD.

    Such a sweetheart deal...

    Fletcher will only pay for the land once the homes are sold.
    The sites are on Welles Street, and on the corner of Colombo and Brougham Street.

    wonder how much the gov't paid for them, there's no indication of what price they may have arrived at for the land, both sites I think are land that the council bought when it bailed out David Henderson - including my old primary school site in Sydenham and Welles street was were Henderson stored his Russian Jet fighter - they have quite a growing Karmic Footprint now....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    both sites I think are land that the council bought when it bailed out David Henderson –

    Yep. The pre-quake Parker council. Right now they need to get rid of some land so it produces rates income rather than being a maintenance cost.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    This is of course corporate welfare, but just imagine if this concept was extended to first home buyers. Build your house and pay for the land when you sell it. Land is the issue, this could be part of the solution.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

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