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Nor'West News: December 04, 2018

Nor'West News: December 04,

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018 Connecting Your Community Sprucing the mall Bishopdale’s regeneration gets funding boost Win a trip to Singapore A getaway for two worth $7000 up for grabs Free After Hours Care for Under 13 Yrs OPEN 7 DAYS Ph: 343 3661 | 4 Yaldhurst Rd Page 3 Page 6 Code of conduct issue Jones and Stringer at centre of conflict • By Ashleigh Monk THE PAPANUI-Innes Community Board is embroiled in a code of conduct issue. But the city council and the community board are refusing to release details about what board member or members are involved. Nor’West News understands ongoing tension between board chairwoman Ali Jones and outspoken board member John Stringer has led to the code of conduct matter. Mr Stringer has been outspoken in the past about board decisions, in particular the Main North Rd bus priority project. Nor’West News revealed last month an independent facilitator was needed to oversee a confidential meeting between board members on September 24 because of ongoing conflict. A request by Nor West News under the Local Government Official Information Meetings Act for emails between Ms Jones and Mr Stringer has been refused by the city council. CLASH: It is understood that ongoing tension between Papanui-Innes Community Board chairwoman Ali Jones and outspoken board member John Stringer has led to a code of conduct investigation. Last month, Ms Jones told Nor’West News Mr Stringer was a “relative newcomer to the board” who “needed clarification regarding the process.” Her comment prompted an angry response from Mr Stringer, who claimed confidentiality had been breached. Neither Mr Stringer or Ms Jones would discuss the code of conduct investigation. The city council said it had refused to release the emails between Ms Jones and Mr Stringer because “it would inhibit the exchange of free and frank opinions in future.” The city council also said “public exposure of those opinions can sometimes have a chilling effect on people’s willingness to express themselves openly, honestly and completely in future.” The city council considered that the correspondence between Ms Jones and Mr Stringer was an exchange constituting a “free and frank expression of opinion”. The city council said it would not comment on the code of conduct investigation until it was completed. Meanwhile, code of conduct complaints against Coastal Ward city councillor David East, Coastal-Burwood Community Board chairwoman Kim Money and deputy chairman Tim Sintes, and Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board member Darrell Latham over allegations council staff had tampered with the District Plan are ongoing. HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ summer Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 16 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 “A local team for local people” BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location We are located at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), parking available onsite Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $22 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm