I left my office and joined the "Rebuild" a year ago yesterday. Some things never change, like fluro is the cloak of invisibility in Merivale/Fendalton,. Conversely somewhat hero status in the South & East.
The greatest change to my life (beyond my income - which has increased) has been the increasing reach of Johnny Law, specifically the Liquor Licencing Laws.
On the odd occasion a night shift finishes early (midnight), I can no-longer live my life as I used to by popping into the Riccarton Night & Day for a 6 pack or pop into The Crack. By the time my POETS day starts it has gone 1am, the new witching hour when all wickedness starts and I'm not allowed to play unless I go to the great dens of inadequacy - the Casino or the Brothel (Calendar Girls), both too far away if you live in the new centre of the city - Riccarton and not my cuppa tea.
I heard Chchch mayoral hopeful Paul Lonsdale on the radio yesterday - he sounds just like a mix of the departing Barry Corbett and the bane of Wellington, John 'Mystery' Morrison - we don't want any more of them, no way !
Has anyone seen a poster of Paul Lonsdale on anything but an empty section?
Cleaners in this city as all round New Zealand have a struggle to make ends meet with extremely low wages. Tau Henare advised one cleaner who has the task of cleaning facilities at a Government Department to go and find employment elsewhere. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11131033
(And, up yer bloody nose Tau!)
Good to see working at heights safety systems in place there. Pop out to a few residential demos and you will see guys (temps I'm sure) held aloft in the bucket of a digger leaning over the edge to rip a house down by hand & all on a back section, on a hill, on the cnr of Bellview Tce & Mt Pleasant Rd.
Dont wee goats (kids if you will- I wont) have sweet faces?
The ginger cat is pretty sweet also!
This was the morning after and both are just getting to know one another.Little Ginger was a stray kitten on the farm and was nurtured by the children. She has settled in very well. Such a lovely sound, a little lamb calling for her bottle amongst the diggers and building noises.
I'm also unable to tell the difference between foals and some calves...
nice photo anyway-
Blows against the empire
Phillipstown School beats Hekia Parata's meddling - Ruled unlawful, Wahoo!
...and CCDU finally does what it should've in the first place and lets individual landowners develop their own properties in Chchch city mall area
Now if we can just ensure Aaron Keown and Ngaire Button amongst others don't get back into office (greedy Keown is running for 3 different positions and probably wants to keep his directorship as well).
For Christ(church)'s sake please vote!
You bet Ian.
Low turn-out (38 per cent last night) is awful. Less than 2010. Like voters are thinking that Lianne Dalziel will be mayor, so what is the point of voting.
As a result there could be some gnarly councillor results: lots of people running in my ward for instance : three very good options but possible that the vote will be so low and so split that an oddity comes down the middle. I hope it’s not the one styling himself “a normal Kiwi bloke".
Rebuild Christchurch says the CCC results are:
Lianne Dalziel is mayor elect
Councillors elect are
That would remove sitting councillors Ngaire Button (deputy mayor), Aaron Keowen, Claudia Reid, Helen Broughton plus the retirements. Remains to be seen how close these are and if any challenges.
Banks Peninsula looks like its very close: specials and recount maybe. Also Hagley-Ferrymead: Lonsdale's margin is thin.
Lots of former 2021ers, but a centrist lot overall.
Provisional CCC results here .
Notable: Ngaire Button and Aaron Keown out of Council.
Hagley-Ferrymead Community board (my local): at least 4/5 greeny-labour-lefties.
Lianne Dalziel our new mayor, with Vicki Buck and Yani Johanson set to be a strong force in Council.
Looks like big changes ahead for Chch. In a good way!
So Nuk is still in with a chance?
So Nuk is still in with a chance?
For Banks Peninsula Council seat? Currently running second but it’s close. Actually (looking again) it's a 3-way race there, could all change with special and late votes.
For Banks Peninsula Council seat?
Andrew Turner at present. Hoping he can stay ahead .... and wishing the family hadn't split the votes! (Knowing two other candidates made it tricky.)
Nuk is a nice enough bloke but a little too blue for my taste :)
No one-trick-ponies on the CCC. The moral & heritage campaigners got nowhere.
Wayne Hawker stalked a SOOB (Small Owner Operated Brothel) and got a few more votes than Lisle Hood who owned Heritage buildings used as Brothels. Both are at the bottom of the pile and out of elected office. Yip that's right - no-one gave a fuck.
Mark Belton came to prominence around the Cathedral debate and got nowhere.
Vicki Buck is in and I remember the city burst into life when she was Mayor, here's hoping the new intake of 2013 are up to the challenge before them.
The grand old Chch custom of always having a token senile councilor seems to have ended, praise be.
Still on the Community Board though.