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Christchurch City Council has no answers

Empowered Christchurch
Press release 21 March 2017

For immediate publication:

Christchurch City Council has no answers

The current Christchurch City Council regime started out in 2014 with great hopes for a sea change in its internal culture and amid promises of transparency and accountability from the new Mayor, Lianne Dalziel. Unfortunately, after a string of revelations over the last year, the Council has become mired in controversy. The many stories include tampering with flood maps to insert fictitious stop banks; the widespread application of existing use rights; the issue of building consents allowing houses in high flood hazard management areas (HFHMAs) to be built more than half a metre below the Building Act minimum; and the list goes on and on. We attach a letter sent by Empowered Christchurch to Mayor Lianne Dalziel on 15 February 2017 asking for responses on some of these issues. Regrettably, the Council's latest strategy appears to be to ignore any and all criticism: we have not had the courtesy of an acknowledgement, let alone a reply to our letter.


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