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Southern View: September 11, 2018

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2 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at from the editor’s desk news SOUTHERN VIEW I’M NOT surprised David East has got the backing of the community over his stand on the flooding and building issues which will affect many in Southshore and across the estuary in Redcliffs. But it looks like he will get slam-dunked by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and city council bosses. Time will tell if he will be asked to resign as a city councillor. Coastal-Burwood Community Board chairwoman Kim Money and her deputy Tim Sintes are also facing council disciplinary action too. Councillors are supposed to follow certain rules when they speak publicly. But Dalziel and the city council have been very heavy-handed. East’s public stand is what people wanting to build on their empty sections want to hear. They need a voice. - Barry Clarke get in touch GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 Star Media, a division of Allied Press Ltd PO box 1467, Christchurch NEWS Sophie Cornish Ph: 364 7437 ADVERTISING Mark Sinclair Ph: 364 7461 Bringing smiles to strangers Volunteer organisation dedicated to carrying out random acts of kindness. Page 6 news Kind deed Marian College students have raised nearly $500 to help support women with endometriosis. Page 11 community events Market day Head along to the Opawa Farmers’ Market on Sunday for a wealth of produce at tempting prices, 275 Fifield Tce, 9am until noon. Page 20 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 15,826 homes every Tuesday Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston. Have your car repaired today 10 WEEKS TO PAY! NO INTEREST NO INTEREST NO FEES NO FEES Website: Phone today: 03 381 6950 Fujitsu Heat Pumps Installed from $1990 + GST Fujitsu accredited air conditioning specialists *Conditions apply. Back to back installations 5 metre pipe run. Email: CALL TODAY FOR DETAILS • Full servicing, for all makes & models • Cambelts • Brakes • Clutch • Tyres • Diesel repairs • Computer scanning GASSON MOTORS LIMITED WOF SPECIAL $ 39 4WD Specialists Phone us on: 03 366 7177 196 Waltham Rd, Chch Best Motorbuys TM ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086

SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at 3 News Tuesday September 11 2018 Local News Now East says he will apologise if he is wrong Fire rages, homes at risk •From page 1 “Sir Tipene O’Regan is one I am happy to acknowledge”. Ms Money said: “We need to speak up and make a stand for our community and that is exactly what we have done.” Since Cr East’s stand, there has been calls for him to run for mayor at next year’s local body elections. But while many in the community are supporting Burwood Ward councillor and Coastal-Burwood Community Board member Glenn Livingstone and other city councillors won’t commit to supporting Cr East. “Personally myself, I wouldn’t be making allegations like this,” said Cr Livingstone. “The facts need to be established first”. Cr East said he would be “more than happy to unreservedly apologise” if it transpired he was wrong and had been “led up the garden path.” Cr East’s fellow city councillors have closed ranks when asked whether they support his public stand. Cr East also said he has “no axe to grind” with the lack of support from his fellow city councillors. He had expected it given they have been told not to comment to BIG PROBLEM: Southshore residents are in a quandary over whether they can build on their empty sections. media because Ms Dalziel is handling potential code of conduct proceedings. Christchurch East MP Poto Williams would also not comment on whether she supported Cr East’s accusations. “But I do recognise there are some issues of fairness that the residents have raised in terms of their ability to rebuild or build on their property,” Ms Williams said. Approaches have been made to various MP offices to make them aware of the issue and how they might resolve it. “There are things happening in the background but I don’t want to prejudice any ongoing discussion,” she said. Christchurch East National list MP Jo Hayes said Cr East had “unhitched a can of worms.” “He has opened it right up, and an independent inquiry will prove if what he is saying is right,” Ms Hayes said. Southshore Residents’ Association chairwoman Lynda Burdekin said it is 100 per cent behind Cr East and it supports and applauds him for his stand. Southshore resident Cherylan Davies, who has been trying to build a house after purchasing a section on Rocking Horse Rd, agrees. After investing $22,680 on consultants, building consent fees and a geotechnical report she and her husband were informed they needed a resource consent to proceed. Mrs Davies said it will cost $5850 to lodge an application for a resource consent. A consultant planner said it was likely the resource consent would be refused by the city council and an appeal to the Environment Court would be necessary. Cr East has done what his constituents have asked him to do, she said. South Brighton Residents’ Association secretary Séamus O’Cromtha said it is up to Cr East to substantiate what he alleges. “I think the best way to cut through all this fog and confusion is to have a full independent inquiry into city council practices over the last few years,” he said. Christchurch Coastal Residents’ United deputy chairman Warwick Schaefer said the group was “absolutely backing David.” The city council should focus on issues around the HFHMA policy rather than Cr East’s conduct. He said it felt like “they’re shooting the messenger.” •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think city councillors should be able to criticise their council if they think it is in the best interest of the public? Email your views to georgia. Please get in touch with my office if you need any assistance on 03 338 6347 or Authorised by Hon Megan Woods, Shop 6, McCathy St, Christchurch “Where Every Smile Matters” Experienced team provides caring and gentle dentistry for the whole family Dental Hygienist Available Sedation dentistry Wedding packages Winz quotes ZOOM whitening treatment ACC accredited Dental Health Counselling Free treatment for adolescents (13-18 years) Free treatment of children (0-13) with a school dentist referral PH 332 6399 We've moved! Now based at 104 Colombo Street, Beckenham TRACKSIDE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS EVENT 2018 BRING YOUR BIKE, GET INVOLVED Limited spots available. Register via Facebook, or on the day for • The Art of Cornering • Slow Pro Handling Skills FREE ENTRY Kickstarttrackside SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 9AM–3PM (RAIN OR SHINE) MIKE PERO MOTORSPORT PARK (RUAPUNA), 107 HASKETTS ROAD, TEMPLETON • New demonstrations • Food and drink available from 9am • Motorcycle retailers and New Zealand Trucking Association onsite • Tyre and suspension information workshops • Competitions and prizes up for grabs • Visit for more details