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The Star: May 11, 2017

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The Star 9 News Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 11 2017 Big signs break the rules • By Gabrielle Stuart POLITICAL candidates have been ordered to take down their election signs, because they are too big. Warning letters have been sent to both National list MP Nuk Korako and Labour Christchurch Central candidate Duncan Webb, ordering them to take down some signs. Outside the election period, candidates have to follow city council rules, which ban any signs Duncan Webb taller than 90cm or wider than 60cm unless they have special consent. Bigger signs up to three square metres are allowed between July 22 and September 22. Mr Korako, who is running in the Port Hills electorate, said he was not aware of the rules until he was contacted by the city council. He said he had no complaints about his signs last election. He said he had taken down some signs, including some large ones on Dyers Pass Rd, but had left others up in commercial areas, where he believed they did not break the rules. “The council has got a job to do, but they’ve been really good about it, they don’t come down on you with a hammer,” he said. There are also rules around election advertising, which is only allowed during the election period. But he said his billboards were advertising his office, not asking for votes, so he believed they did not break the rules. Mr Webb also had to take down several of his signs, because they were too big. He said he had seen dozens of other non-complying signs up all over the city, but he was told by a city council worker that the rules were usually only enforced if someone complained. “So it comes down to people who might not agree with my politics complaining about my signs,” he said. TOO BIG: Christchurch Central candidate Duncan Webb and National MP Nuk Korako have been ordered to take down billboards this size on some residential streets, because they break city council rules. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN City council head of regulatory compliance Tracey Weston said complaints had been made about 10 different election signs so far this year, and some of them were still under investigation. But she could not say who the signs belonged to, or if other candidates had also been warned. She said the majority of the signs were in residential areas, and broke the rules because of their size and content. Wigram young slow to enrol • By Bridget Rutherford LESS THAN half of young Wigram residents are enrolled to vote in September’s general election – the worst electorate in the city. Between half and three quarters of 18-24 year olds are already enrolled in the Christchurch electorates, including Selwyn and Waimakariri, allowing them to vote on September 23. But only 46.7 per cent were currently enrolled in the Wigram electorate – the lowest of all. Wigram MP Megan Woods said a lot of people living in the electorate were university students, and enrolled in their parents’ electorates – similar to Dunedin North. Christchurch Central was the second lowest, at 49.6 per cent, and Ilam at 51.7 per cent. The figures, provided by the Electoral Commission, take into account those enrolled of the estimated eligible population, on both the general and Maori rolls. Port Hills had the highest number of 18-24 year-olds enrolled of the city electorates at 73.7 per cent. It also had the highest number of people of all ages enrolled, at 92.5 per cent. All Sewing Needs Tailoring for 40 years Alterations, repairs & garment makeovers. All fabric including leather wear. Made to order. All enquiries welcome 474 Barrington St Corner Lincoln Road (near Z Station) Phone: 339 2464 No Need for a loNg flight to tokyo or PariS Simply see us for delicious Japanese & European breads, pastries, cakes, filled donuts, gourmet sandwiches and Kiwi Style Meat pies. Plus Melon-pan (Cookie Bun) Curry-pan (Curry Puff) Shu Cream (Japanese Cream Puff) and some of the best coffee in town. South City Shopping Mall (Next the The Warehouse) Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm Phone 03-943-4066 Still trying to get your EQ damage or repair issues sorted For your special lady on Gift suggestions from our great ranges Robes * Zip Button Wrap * Nighties * Pyjamas * Camisoles & knickers * Bed jackets * Bed Socks * Hankies * Merino Camis & Panties Free gift wrapping & exchange cards Shop 48 Barrington, Barrington Street Phone 03 337 6609 We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners get what their policy promises. Talk to us about our “no win-no fee” approach. Ph: 03 377 8855 | 127 Ferry Road, Christchurch City E: | W: NO WIN NO FEE