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Dalziel deserves to be next mayor
Lianne Dalziel has
proved her worth,
according to one
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Bob Parker has got to go. And so
do his cronies -- Ngaire Button,
Sue Wells and Helen Broughton.
And, thank God, we don't have
to worry about Barry Corbett
I fully support Lianne Dalziel
as our future mayor. She is a no-
nonsense people's person and her
work in the Avon electorate over
the years she has represented it is
proof of her worth. For nine years,
she held the senior citizens
portfolio in the last Labour
Government and her work and
care in that office was valued by
all of our aged.
It is time we had someone who
places people before heritage
buildings and affluent suburbs,
and maybe my neighbours in the
east can look forward to a mayor
who is forthright and informative.
I am sure Christchurch is sick of
the secret meetings and hidden
agendas instigated by our present
incumbent and his mob. Just
maybe, with a change of
leadership, we can expect a
revelation of council proceedings
and give us the confidence, once
again, in a council we can believe
and place our trust in.
As an expat living in Christchurch
for five years, it is difficult to
understand what the hype and
fuss is all about. I have not
previously voiced any opinions.
However, the continuing
rhetoric has now changed my
mind. A building is not important
to God, but to the people of
Christchurch. A church/cathedral
is somewhere for Christians/
seekers to meet to worship and get
to know our Creator God.
So why not let the Anglicans
[I'm not one] get on with it?
All of us will then have
somewhere fit for purpose for
another 100 years unless, as he
promised, Jesus returns sooner.
Personally, the Praying Hands''
design looks great and is the
lowest cost, which critics can't
Others have exampled the
Coventry Cathedral rebuild after
the war, which I remember as a
time of vociferous criticism, but
generally is now accepted as a
practical and wonderfully
If people want to pay for an
iconic tourist attraction built
for the Glory of Man'', let
them build it elsewhere.
Don't wait 22 years
We are both in favour of the
contemporary cathedral, although
after the two big earthquakes, the
cathedral was one of the five
buildings we would have
strenuously voted to be restored to
its former glory. Christ Church
Cathedral, an icon for the city,
was Christchurch, and to lose it
was a catastrophe.
We praise the Church Property
Trustees, who after a considerable
period of time, thought and effort,
decided to deconstruct and rebuild
a contemporary cathedral. As is
usual in Christchurch, all hell let
loose, ie court cases etc, all
delaying the rebuilding process.
Who wants to wait for 22 years
and at tremendous cost to rebuild
an old building when the current
trend for the rebuild of the city
centre is for modern styles?
The landscape has changed
with all the demolition and with
more to come. A new phoenix will
arise for the badly damaged city,
so to restore old structures
surrounded by modern style
structures would not be a
Cyril and Ruth Smith
I'm a compassionate animal lover.
It breaks my heart to see animals
in open paddocks, with no trees
for shade in the summer months
and no adequate shelter for them
in the winter time. It's wrong and
so unfair. We only care about our
own needs and comforts.
Would you like to be rained on
day and night, and have to sleep
on wet ground, or stand out in the
open all day long in summer with
no shade to keep you cool?
The answer to that is simply no
way'. So, why treat animals this
way? They have feelings too. If
man was to provide shade and
shelter, you would see animals
would take advantage of it. I
would like the government to
make it law that farmers must
provide shade and proper shelter
for their animals, instead of
seeing them as dollar signs only.
It would make you a better
person. Isn't that what life
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