It's circuses and bread, not circuses and soup.
And thank goodness it's people, the people who live in a place that really make that place. For a time i visited Christchurch fairly often for family reasons, and I reckon I have met the most kind, hospitable and down to earth people. And there's surf! Sumner, the square, the river, nights out on the town that did not result in horror, and books, a place where books and art and music are revered. Good food, fine cafe life, the countryside nearby, amazing coastlines...it is my romantic notion that once the nabobs have their swagger the real people will settle back down to being and doing what they always have done, with strength and quiet calm. I know there is alot of strife and struggle but I have not encountered any meanness.
I was born in the north but my time spent in the south is always refreshing and wonderful, even the weird times and every place has those.
Just thought I say that.
Oh, I was probably a bit hasty, not a town planner at all me.
The problem is that stormwater and sewerage are not separated, our overflow outflow is the harbours. No money honey, bad times, are you a traitor, don't you know what it takes to run a city...I don't surf after rain unless it is life-threateningly good.
Our waters are a disgrace, and that includes our west coast - especially so after heavy rainfall because you know, septic tanks - you been paying rates for something but clean water it ain't.
OK heresy alert. I knew they blew it when they said CBD, stadia and 8 stories high convention delux. Put in fibre and de-centralise. Don't build buildings that do nothing but house cubicle farms for absentee landlords.
Build a 2012 city, not a 1962 one.
Collecting your own rainwater is banned in Auckland, no? In fact they charge us to take it away. As for their partners, well aren't they all going to be looking for money from someone? This is the sham, everybody going to be borrowing to get on the gravy train, except us that is, because you know, needs to be said, John, it isn't your cash man, or your assets, or your water even, it's all ours baby. And your Govt. is borrowing truckloads right now to simply keep afloat - elephant meets room.
The system they are using is age old, just like the east to west railway competition in America, just wait until the tenders don't come out.
Oh that's right, Fletcher got it all.
Lilith, on all those points I think we know where John really stands - fence meets post.
I get the heeb when his scriptwriter comes across all folksy.
Hard to find funds when you don't know what they are for, no? I can see the trip to the mystery money person now...I need money for some stuff that I am waiting to be told what it's for.
Ideologically Gerry has a conundrum. How you you privatise the profit and socialise the debt when your boss says no one owns water but your Govt. created ECan?
ECan shows you.
Presumably using Powerpoint.
You mean like toilets? Goody. Not sure whether the CERA laws give the govt the power to make the council sell assets ; and what happens if the "suggestions" are ignored.
They ain't sayin" ;-)
The whole issue revolves around who is prepared to pay for what. There will never be notified clarity round this, as there can then be no informed debate as to what is and what is not required.
When you have nothing to evaluate against, everything is a wish list. And they know it, this was by the way, how the west was won.