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David was driving home. Approaching a blind
bend he sensed another car approaching from
the other side travelling at speed, and cutting the
corner. He braked hard. No sooner had he done
so, than another car did indeed come barreling
around the corner on the wrong side. There could
have been a terrible accident. Was
this a random chance thought, or
is there something alive in our
universe that is working for our
good and capable of influencing
our thinking or even the
circumstances of life?
Site too nice for car yards
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be a waste of the
view onto Hagley
Park, says one
Photo: JOHN KIRK-
I think the (Addington saleyards) site is far
too attractive for car sales yards. I have
watched the slow but steady redevelopment
of better quality housing on Deans Avenue,
and admired the delightful view that the
occupiers have onto Hagley Park. The office
blocks on the corner of Deans Avenue and
Moorhouse Avenue are blessed with the
same view, which provides a very pleasant
working environment. But car sales yards?
What a waste. I would rather see the site
remain empty than the council capitulate to
such a demand.
I would prefer either office space or
quality medium density housing, or even
motels or a hotel.
Four Avenues showcase
With the chance to build our city into
something to be usable and proud of, I am
disappointed that the area of the saleyards
site is being considered for other than
residential living or a people-friendly area.
With a lovely park and nearby shopping
facilities on a prime four avenues site, the
thought of a number of car sales in that
block is abhorrent.
It would immediately cheapen the look of
the four avenues which should be a
showcase for the city, not a cheap flag-
waving entity that does nothing for what
should be a notable people area.John Connolly
Wastewater tanks a given
As a resident not affected by wastewater
tanks, I fully support those who are.
If this council has funds enough to buy
good working businesses just to pull them
down to build a fancy snobby city that most
of us residents do not want, then they have
the funds to rebuild completely our whole
These people are being bullied into
becoming a third party power provider,
which I believe you have to be licensed for.
Putting the removal of wastewater on to
individual property owners, we might as
well go back to having septic tanks.
This really smacks of a council who don t
give a damn about its ratepayers. Jan Miller
It has been over six months since the big
guns came in early one morning and told
the South New Brighton shop tenants that
to building concerns.
To this day they are still standing strong
It seems that it is between the insurance
company and the land owner to decide what
direction to take. Repair or rebuild.
The tenants are being left in the dark as
to what the plan is.
Rumour has it that the owner wants out.
If this is so, why can t CERA take over the
land (like they are doing in the central city)
and on-sell it to someone who wants to see
the shops up and running once again?
Throughout all four large earthquakes,
these businesses were the lifeline for the
The system is quick to board up or
demolish, but there is no sign of repairs or
replacing what they take down.
These shopping complexes are very
important to the survival of these
The east is looking like a war zone and
central government (all parties) don t seem
to give a damn. We pay our rates and we
pay our taxes, so give us back what we are
due -- a community and facilities to be
Imagine if the council decided to move all
the street lighting off public land and place
them on private properties under
S181(Local Government Act), claiming it
would make them safer and more resilient
in future events.
Because they were safer they used a pole
without a built-in switchboard and instead
attached the new switchboard to the side of
the house. Then to save money they wired
the streetlight directly into the
homeowner s private switchboard, and
decided to make the homeowner pay for the
electricity to run the light.
Sounds absurd, and if the council
suggested it they would be laughed at, and
told not to be ridiculous. Yet this is exactly
what council wants to do in Christchurch
with these pressurised wastewater tanks.
It is easy to understand and covers what
they intend to do. Just between us, if the
council get knocked back on the legal side of
this, they will probably try to circumvent
the LGA with the CER Act legislation.
James Neill, Parklands
I cannot believe that Tim Frazer s letter (
The Press, May 4) opposing Lianne Dalziel
as a mayoral candidate is because she is a
member of the Labour Party. It smacks of
Tory bigotry and in all of my
correspondence with regard to the
mayoralty I have not once referred to any
particular party. My interest is solely one of
getting the best there is to offer, and as our
incumbent has not performed in that role, I
consider it is time for a change.
He refers to Parker s excellence while in
office. Tim, you are living in another world.
Look around while you are there -- you may
find Maggie Washington (same edition),
another who has no inkling as to the
sterling work Lianne has done post-quake
for my neighbours in the east.Wally Wakefield
Despite Bob Parker s 2010 re-election,
many querying his passion for priority of
CBD repairs following the earthquakes
were also incensed by past ratepayer-
funded ventures orchestrated by him,
including the Dave Henderson bailout,
$112 million bus exchange and automated
car parking building pay stations. Within
this context the upcoming mayoral
challenge must consider Lianne Dalziel as
an obvious contender. As a Labour MP
since 1990, securing portfolios such as
minister of immigration, disability issues,
commerce, food safety, consumer rights,
and her dedication to senior citizens
denotes her integrity. Lianne s dedication
to Christchurch East constituents heralds
the motivation, dedication and inspiration
of one who can competently lead our garden
city into a progressive future.
Gary Knight, Hoon Hay
Animals deserve shelter
I agree wholeheartedly with Bev Thomas
(April 25) regarding animal shelter. All
farm animals deserve the right to proper
and adequate shelter from extreme weather
conditions. Speak up for the animals, who
have no voice -- and make the government
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