Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Sir Hamish Hay

ECan Chair comment on death of Sir Hamish Hay, former regional councillor and Mayor of Christchurch:

Sir Hamish Hay

“Hamish Hay was a distinguished Cantabrian whose passing represents a great loss to our community.

“Although best known for his 30 years as a Christchurch City Councillor, including 15 years as Mayor, Hamish also served as a fine Regional Councillor for Christchurch North for six years from 1995 - 2001.

“He was Chair of ECan’s Finance and Corporate Policy Committee between 1995 - 98 and Deputy Chair of the Council for a term prior to his final retirement from public life in October 2001.

“Hamish had a great eye for detail, often spotting inconsistencies in reports that had escaped both staff and other colleagues. But he also had the experience that enabled him to get the big picture, understanding the need for pragmatism in policy formation, that reasonableness was superior to even fine theories.

“He was firmly on the side of those of us who opposed the banning of solid fuel appliances in Christchurch during the great “air debates” at ECan in 2000 - 01. This finally became the Council’s position at the end of 2001.

“Hamish had his own strong political views but was able to reach out to those with other opinions to seek consensus solutions. He was a good bloke who both loved and served with great distinction his city and region. It was a privilege to know him and to work with him.

“He had high standing in the Maori community and, when ECan had neither a Maori councillor nor a Maori Advisory Committee, Hamish always asked the questions and raised the issues on their behalf.

“All of us at Environment Canterbury extend our condolences to Hamish’s family. They can take enormous pride in his public life, unprecedented in Canterbury, even at this time of great loss. I have asked that the flag at Environment Canterbury’s Kilmore Street headquarters be lowered to half-mast as a mark of our respect for the late Sir Hamish Hay and in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Canterbury region.”

Hon. Sir Kerry Burke


Environment Canterbury September 8 2008


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election