Archive for June, 2009

Corners of Waimakariri: the former BNZ, Kaiapoi

16 June 2009

081217 Kaiapoi - former BNZKaiapoi’s former BNZ buikding occupies a prominent place on the corner of Williams and Charles Streets and is listed with the Historic Places Trust.

It is currently covered by scaffolding, so I thought I had better publish this photo before the building changes!

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Does the Auckland Situation have any Relevence to Canterbury / Christchurch / Waimakariri?

15 June 2009

The Government (the Labour-led Government, remember?) decided to do something about Auckland because years of squabbling amongst the four cities (Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere) and the Regional Council had resulted in paralysis.  That, for instance,  is why the whole country is now paying fogesr their failure to plan properly for transport.

Now, as we all know, they are looking at a super-city that is also bringing in three adjacent Districts – Rodney in the north and Franklin and Papakura to the south.

Is this situation paralleled in Canterbury?

The Auckland Regional Council covers only the above cities and districts.  In a sense, the Government (now National-led!) is abolishing the cities and districts and beefing up the regional council.

The Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) stretches well beyond Christchurch, however.  It covers the whole area east of the Main Divide from north of Kaikoura to south of the Waitaki River and is the biggest Region in the country by area.  It is quite a different beast to its Auckland equivalent.

And what about Christchurch?  Well, it already has one council, covering urban Christchurch, some of its rural fringe and all of Banks Peninsula.

And do we squabble?  Well, it is no secret that some councils like to have a go at ECan sometimes, but I would have to say, from a Waimakariri councillor’s perspective, that the cooperation far out weighs the irritation.  One good example is the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy, which is the product of cooperation between ECan, Christchurch City, Waimakariri, Selwyn and the NZ Transport Agency.

So is change in the wind for Canterbury’s local government structure?  Who knows?  My view is that the Government has got its hands full dealing with Auckland in the immediate future, so we might be waiting some time.

5km Rating Zone Goes Through

12 June 2009

The Council yesterday confirmed its 10 Year Plan and the rates for the coming year, over the votes of Robbie Brine and me.

So sorry – even if you  live inside the 5km and are further away from Dudley Park than some people who are outside it, you are going to be rated more then others in the District.

And if you will never go for a swim and are inside the 5km radius, but are nevertheles prepared to pay your fair share for the new Aquatic Centre, you are going to be rated more than your fair share.

This is the final word – until next year’s Annual Plan, or until after the next election.

ECan’s Air Pollution Records – As of 10 June 09

11 June 2009
Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 29 0 48 48
Kaiapoi 39 6 86 68
Christchurch – St Albans* 24 3 83 75
Christchurch – Burnside -1 3 107 61
Christchurch – Woolston 35 6 88 88
Ashburton 12 1 55 43
Timaru – Anzac Park* 88 4 93 88
Timaru – Washdyke 42 1 55 49
Waimate 55 1 55 43
Geraldine 46 1 59 47

What Is Rodney On About?

10 June 2009

When I was a teacher, we sometimes referred to certain Ministers of Education as Ministers against Education.  I’m beginning to think something similar about the Minister of Local Government, Rodney Hide.  At least John Key has kept him outside cabinet.

Rodney wants to push a law through that confines local councils to the “basics”.  These seem to be restricted to roads, footpaths, public transport, water supply, sewerage, stormwater & flood protection, refuse collection and regulation of nuisances.

What? No libraries, parks, sports grounds, swimming pools, town centre development?  

Herb Foley Exhibition at the Chamber Gallery

9 June 2009

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The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery, in the Rangiora Library, is by renowned artist Herb Foley.  It’s well worth a visit – and while you are there, look closely into the paintings. Herb Foley says that his main aim is to produce “a good painting” and that what you get out of his work is up to you and how you react to it.

Kaiapoi’s Rialto Theatre Gets Landmarks Plaque

9 June 2009

Arguably the finest Art Deco building in the District, Kaiapoi’s Rialto Theatre, now the Riverside Christian Fellowship, has been awarded a “Landmarks” plaque.  The Fellowship are to be commended for the way they have maintained the building in accordance with its architectural style.

090531 Rialto Plaque007090531 Rialto Plaque006081217 Kaiapoi - former Rialto Theatre


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