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The Star: September 06, 2018

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4 Thursday September 6 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi The Star News East may run for mayor •From page 1 “I couldn’t say yes or no, I would have said definitely no but, I will think about it.” Mayor Lianne Dalziel confirmed Cr East has been stood down from his position as chairman of the regulatory performance committee. He will also face a disciplinary hearing for his claims on Monday that city council staff allegedly omitted a policy in the district plan. The policy enabled people to build, renovate or extend their homes in the coastal suburbs of South Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs. Ms Dalziel is yet to confirm whether she will stand for a third term at the local body elections next October. If she doesn’t, the mayoral race is likely to be wide open. “I would dearly love to see a council that is more reflective of the needs of the city . . . I believe sometimes our approach to planning at times has not taken the people with it. I don’t believe we have ever taken the people of Southshore and South Brighton with us,” he said. Yesterday, chief executive Karleen Edwards laid a formal complaint to Ms Dalziel on behalf of the city council in relation to Cr East for breaching the council’s code of conduct. Dr Edwards and Ms Dalziel will discuss it today. Councillors close ranks • By Sophie Cornish and Matt Salmons CITY COUNCILLORS have closed ranks when asked whether they support their fellow councillor, David East. When approached by The Star yesterday, city councillors, Jamie Gough, Tim Scandrett, Vicki Buck, Phil Clearwater, Pauline Cotter and Raf Manji declined to comment. Papanui Ward councillor Mike Davidson (left) said Cr East’s approach is not the approach he would have taken. “I support what the mayor has done,” he said. Heathcote Ward councillor Sara Templeton agreed that a process needed to occur to look into the policy, but did not agree that going public in the manner was “the most useful way” to resolve the issue. “It’s clear that that was not the intent of the independent hearings panel and there needs to be a process to ensure that intent is being met.” SUPPORT: Coastal-Burwood Community Board chairwoman Kim Money, Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board member Darrell Latham and members of coastal communities are backing David East, two signs have been put up in Southshore. Cr Templeton said there was a “lack of clarity” around the policy which needed to be made clear. Linwood Ward councillor Yani Johanson said he could not comment on Cr East’s conduct, but said he agreed there were issues with the policy. “I want to acknowledge that this is an issue causing massive concern in the community.” Central Ward councillor Deon Swiggs, speaking from Perth, said he was aware of the issue around the policy and said it needed “addressing ASAP.” Burwood Ward city councillor Glenn Livingstone said he was aware of the issue, but wouldn’t comment further. “Personally myself I wouldn’t be making allegations like this.” He said the facts need to be established first. Some community board members have spoken out in support of Cr East. Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board member Darrell Latham said he supported Cr East, “with respect to the letter he has received from Sir John Hansen.” “They are serious matters of concern, in my opinion, and these are the matters council need to focus on and deal with.” Coastal-Burwood Community Board chairwoman Kim Money said she “100 per cent” backs Cr East. “Tim Sintes and myself are totally backing David and support David in every aspect.” Ms Money and her deputy chairman Tim Sintes are also facing disciplinary action for their outspoken views on the matter. “This is exactly what we are elected to do. We are elected to represent our people . . . when we discover or hear the things that we have heard, we cannot be quiet, we have to be able to say something.” Christchurch Coastal Residents United deputy chairman Warwick Schaefer said the group was “absolutely backing David.” Volunteer Drivers Needed For Red Cross Meals On Wheels & Community Transport • Weekdays only • Regular or Relief rostering • Current NZ drivers licence • Training given Meals on Wheels - Pat 339 3759 Community Transport - Vicki 027 839 7724 Become a foster carer Help us make a positive difference. Children in your community need a safe and caring home. You will be provided with on-going training, 24/7 support and a dedicated social worker. 0800 525 437 iwanttofoster.co.nz Over 36 years experience and skills • Painting • Gib stopping • Wallpaper Gary - 021 329 881 gary@gkfyfeltd.co.nz • Plasterboard stopping • Special finishes • Colour consulting www.masterpainters.co.nz Cam - 021 390 200 cameron@gkfyfeltd.co.nz Office - 03 338 9886 office@gkfyfeltd.co.nz

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday September 6 2018 5 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Second Anglican vicar stands down • By Ashleigh Monk A SECOND Christchurch vicar has resigned following the Anglican synod’s decision to allow same sex marriages to be blessed in their churches. St Paul’s Anglican Church vicar Andy Carley told parishioners at a service last week he would step down John Stringer Peter Carrell from his role in November. It comes after vicar Jay Behan of St Stephen’s Shirley announced his resignation in May. The Anglican synod voted in May on Motion 29 to allow the blessing of same sex unions in churches across the country. Four Christchurch congregations have so far disaffiliated from the synod in response to the decision. St Paul’s parishioner and Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer told The Star Rev Carley announced last week that he would leave the church and set up his own congregation. “Like-minded” parishioners members were free to follow him or stay at St Paul’s and allow same sex marriage blessings,’’ said Mr Stringer. Rev Carley declined to comment when approached by The Star. Mr Stringer said the majority of parishioners were conservative. But there would likely be a number who stayed at St Paul’s. “For most of us, it’s actually about the authority of biblical scripture and whether it is a faithful communiqué on the will of God,” he said. “Many feel the Anglican Church is now openly supporting something they believe is wrong, and telling everyone it is okay and that God ‘blesses’ it. They feel betrayed and let down.” The congregation would decide on Sunday whether to follow Rev Carley in leaving. STEPPING DOWN: Andy Carley, vicar of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Papanui, resigned from his role following the Anglican synod’s vote to allow same sex marriages to be blessed in Anglican churches. Bishop-elect of Christchurch Peter Carrell has been visiting churches across the city to discuss the issue. Personally, he would not bless same sex marriages, but he believed each church had the right to decide if they wanted to do so. “I’m quite happy as Bishopelect to authorise priests to perform those blessings, provided that the parishes are united behind that,” he told The Star. Four out of the 60 ministry units had so far voted to disaffiliate from the diocese. He was unsure how many more would follow. “It’s difficult to measure . . . it’s certainly causing people to make the decision to disaffiliate,” he said. “Most of our parishes are comfortable with the decision . . . we are really sad that some parishes are going, and we wish they weren’t going, but they do have the right to disagree with the position of the General Synod. But we do want to be careful and considerate about our continuing relationship with those who are part of our church family.” He said he did not believe there would be an impact on funding for the rebuild of the Christ Church Cathedral at this stage. Rev Behan said yesterday his congregation had disaffiliated with the synod “with great sadness.” “There is a lot of sadness from both sides that we haven’t been able to come to an arrangement where, in good conscience, we can move forward together,” he said. “We’re determined to try and keep good relationships, we’re not wanting things to get worse or to become more difficult relationally.” Have you checked your underfloor repairs? This is the sort of ‘repair’ we are finding. Remember. Create. We will go under your house and give you peace of mind for free. NO WIN NO FEE 379 9920 | www.johnrhind.co.nz Ph: 03 377 8855 | 130 Ferry Road, Christchurch E: reception@earthquakeservices.co.nz | W: www.earthquakeservices.co.nz