The people of Christchurch deserve answers
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
29 April 2014
The people of Christchurch deserve
As the city of Christchurch faces its
third destructive flood in less than two months its people
want answers, says Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“Local residents are feeling
really despondent and some are talking about being
re-traumatised by the floods.
“It has to be a priority
for the Council to now act over some of the suggestions that
ratepayers and citizens have made over the past month in
“So far the Council has not come back
with any feedback on these suggestions.
“Today the Banks
Peninsula has been hit by more slips, the Heathcote River
has gain burst its banks and over 23 roads are
“People have spent three years battling the
aftermath of the earthquakes and they now have to deal with
flooding. It is just too much for some people.
people of Christchurch need some
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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