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Fear at a 'talentless'
council's bigger reach
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It is ironic that the council has
had discussions with the
Earthquake Recovery Minister
over the two North Canterbury
towns, seeking powers to prevail
over all existing rights and
documents . . . and suspend and
revoke among other things such
as the RMA and Local
Government Act to overcome
Does that mean the roadblock
shoved up to within 3m of my
Rangiora office and two other
business frontages without prior
consultation of owner or tenant
was done without those powers
sought, or is not actually a
And the 18 car parks lost,
disruption to traffic and
detrimental effects on
surrounding shops is pure
The paltry achievements of this
council post-earthquake have
amounted to this ill conceived
blight on one of the few
undamaged junctions in the
central business district -- bra and
sandal-type fencing to High
Street, and the equivalent of
lipstick on pigs of enlarged
photographs on garages, stuck-on
footprints on streets and planters
on vacant sites.
To give this talentless bunch of
councillors more powers terrifies
A majority of my 34 Rangiora
CBD property owner clients have
negligible confidence in this
council s actions, the only saving
grace being that this is an election
year and hopefully some
candidates with proven business
and administrative skills will
North Canterbury Valuations
Shame on them
Having witnessed the Rangiora
Town Hall debate previously, I
have to agree with those who don t
want it to go ahead.
It s expensive, unnecessary, and
we are in effect providing space
for one performing arts group who
are dependent on Rangiora High
School for their present facilities.
Messrs Baddock and Holcroft
should feel ashamed of themselves
in this matter.
We have enough to deal with at
present, and don t need a want
structure which can wait until a
later date as well.
We, the residents of
Waimakariri District, would like
our town hall back, but left in its
We do not want to fund their
new premises; that is for the
North Canterbury Academy of
Music to do itself and not the
In reply to J Kerr (Outlook, March
3), he seems to lack a bit of
understanding and imagination.
He has misread his first so
called bad example.
It was clearly only an
illustration of just one instance of
the many inequities in the
seriously flawed system.
The example actually said four
or five income earners.
Can he perhaps imagine a
family of three income earners?
Whatever number he chooses
the basic facts remain.
His reference to renters is
covered in our websiteQ&A
The rental situation has an
apparent effect that may mean
tenants could be at a
However the landlords are
running a business that is
operating in a competitive
environment, so we consider that
the market place will eventually
sort this out.
He appears not to have noted
that our assumed 2.5 per cent
would mean that the surcharge
would amount to only $250 on
every $10,000 of income.
That means anybody who is
now paying around $2000 in rates
would in fact benefit to some
degree on any annual income less
than $80,000 p.a.
And who knows? Maybe some
day J Kerr may himself be a
penny pinching pensioner.
Can he imagine that?Trevor Court
Harpist in concert
New Zealand international harpist
Robin Ward will be performing at
the Kaiapoi Co-operating Parish in
Fuller St next Saturday, March 16.
The concert is part of Ward's
2013 tour of New Zealand. He will
be presenting an exploration of
music, played on his own
handcrafted triple harp. The
programme includes music from
folk traditions; and the baroque,
classical and romantic periods,
with a combination of his own
transcriptions and music originally
written for the instrument. For
tickets and enquiries, contact the
church office on 03 327 7082.
The Barbara Turner exhibition
currently showing at Cheviot's
Crossroads Gallery brings together
a vibrant collection of acrylic on
canvas paintings. The gallery, on
SH1, is open from 10am till 5pm,
Wednesday to Sunday, with the
exhibition running until April 7.
Variety Bash back
It's a mad-cap adventure full of
eccentric vehicles, larger-than-life
characters and heart-felt
philanthropy -- Variety Bash is
back in Hanmer on March 12 and
Kaiapoi on March 13. The Bash
will be overnighting in Kaiapoi and
will visit a yet-to-be-named school,
getting involved in a project.
Bring out your bike for the Rainbow
Rage mountain bike race, on again
on March 16. Go to www.
rainbowrage.co.nz for more
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