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

 


Canterbury Democracy Rally December 1st

Democracy Rally December 1st


Cantabrians will march from Latimer Square to Cranmer Square past their Provincial Council Chambers on 1st December demanding the Government give back DEMOCRACY to their city RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY: OUR CITY, OUR SAY will begin at 2pm on Saturday December 1st in Latimer Square where citizens will rally with the call: Our City, Our Say.....we want our city back!!

This rally and march will unite many organisations including: Save our Schools, IConIC, Historic Places Canterbury, WeCan, Christchurch Civic Trust, Save Hagley Park, TC3 Residents, Water Interests, Wizard of NZ Inc.

At the heart of the problems faced by all these groups is the lack of democracy, the Government's dictatorial approach to Canterbury.

A wave of discontent has been gathering over the loss of democracy in Christchurch since early 2010 and during the earthquake recovery, with Government/CERA making decisions without any input and consultation with the citizens of Christchurch and its elected members. This week's report by the Human Rights Commissioner to the Parliamentary Select Committee has highlighted a prime example of this shocking loss of democracy.

It began in 2010 when our democratically elected body Ecan was sacked and Commissioners were appointed. "The promise of an election in 2013 has been reneged upon: we now suffer the indignity of no elections for at least three more years," says Glenn Livingstone, one of the spokespeople for the combined march. "This is intolerable!"

From the beginning of its regime in Christchurch CERA, using Section 38, has set about destroying heritage buildings throughout the central city. "After 18 months of rampant demolition we are still losing our heritage and character and what are essential features of our city," says another spokesperson for the march, Ross Gray of Historic Places Canterbury. "CERA shows virtually no consideration for our heritage and has set about destroying our history at an alarming rate. There is wanton destruction of many of our most precious buildings. A graphic example of this is the recent quick resumption of demolition of Cranmer Courts and the refusal to agree to the City Council's request for Cera to call a halt for 30 days."

The recent schools proposals continue to confirm the top down "consultation" approach from our Government toward Christchurch. "Schools have been savaged, with pretend consultation, falsely based claims and wildly inappropriate solutions to problems," says Wayne Hawker of Save our Schools. "There appears to be no consideration for communities and the real people they will affect in announcing these destructive proposals." Only now do we hear Hekia Parata talk about genuine consultation but our communities do not trust her and it's too little too late.

The CCC 'Share an Idea' campaign, which saw a huge number of Cantabrians contribute 106 000 submissions for the redevelopment of the inner city, was paid mere lip service to by CCDU and arrogantly replaced by the Government's own Blueprint plan. Democratic rights of property owners are to be obliterated on a "like it or lump it" basis. "This Government expects Christchurch ratepayers to fund their think big ideas for our inner city. We will be forced into debt for generations if our rates are to pay for enormous projects like the covered stadium, which is to be inappropriately sited and which may have limited support from citizens," states Lisle Hood of IConIC. The lack of consultation has also been a hallmark in the land zoning decisions. There were no consultations on land zonings. There were no consultations on how to handle the major issues of the east. The battles many have had and continue to have with CERA and EQC have been disempowering and exhausting. As Mike Coleman of WeCan says, "This recovery has been done to us!"

Citizens agree: the end of this state of siege is long overdue. We will therefore march from Latimer Square to Cranmer Square past our Provincial Chambers, a wonderful heritage building which is being carefully deconstructed for future restoration and the symbol of our local democracy. This will be the place where we will demand with one voice

Our City, Our Say....we want our city back!!


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Plain Packs Plan: Gordon Campbell On Tobacco Politicking (And The TPP Death Watch)

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. More>>

ALSO:

.


RECENT TPP MEETING:

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news