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Christchurch resets its political agenda

By   /  November 9, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The Christchurch East by-election is high stakes, for both Poto Williams and David Cunliffe. A win onNovember 30 wont just be a vindication of the change of leadership; it will be the next step towards winning back Christchurch, and ultimately the Treasury benches, in 2014.

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The changing political geography of Christchurch

By   /  October 8, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, James Dann, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The population changes announced in the 2013 census show that, unsurprisingly, the electoral map of Christchurch will be changed significantly in the coming elections.

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Christchurch local election guide

By   /  September 23, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, James Dann, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

I dunno if you’ve noticed, but it’s local body election time. A few people have asked me for my thoughts on the various wards, so I’m going to out down who I’d vote for if I was in a certain ward, plus what I think will happen.

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Zen and the art of metropolitan maintenance

By   /  September 7, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Zen and the art of metropolitan maintenance

In time, it will probably fade away until it is only remembered in the occasional pub quiz. Greendale Fault, 7.1, 4:35am, September the 4th, 2010.

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How Labour’s leadership impacts Christchurch

By   /  August 26, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on How Labour’s leadership impacts Christchurch

Come November the 1st, when Labour’s annual conference opens here in Christchurch, we will have a new mayor, a number of new councillors, a new Labour leader, and a new candidate for Christchurch East.

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Blackmail, manipulation and propaganda – Canterbury Cricket’s disdain for Hagley Park and the people of Christchurch

By   /  August 10, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Asked who would fund the strip club, Brownlee shrugged his shoulders, before pointing in the direction of Mayor Bob Parker and saying “him, I guess”.

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Hating the Raters and Rating the Haters

By   /  July 30, 2013  /  James Dann, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

  The Press has brought out it’s triennial “rate the councillors” article, in which they boil down almost 3 years of work into a simplistic grade, slap it on the front page of the paper, and get on with other trivialities. While I think it is a great idea, it’s application leaves a lot to be […]

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Christchurch’s drinking culture

By   /  July 13, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The hospitality lobby has laboured over just a few points. One of the main facebook groups is called “Save the Chch Nightlife”, with almost 8,000 members, implies in its title that the Christchurch nightlife is in some perilous state. It’s not. The latest numbers from Statistics NZ show that the hospitality industry is back trading at the levels they were pre-quake.

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Are there conflicts of interest involving the Christchurch rebuild?

By   /  July 1, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

3.14.7 Pecuniary interest:
No members may vote or take part in the discussion of any matter at any meeting where they, directly or indirectly, have any pecuniary interest as defined in law, other than an interest in common with the public.

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King Gerry flogs Christchurch

By   /  June 15, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, James Dann, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Gerry discovered there was a problem with the number of consents being issued by the City Council, and rather than ringing the mayor or any of the councillors, took his concerns directly to the media. This, inevitably, led to another round of shouting between the government and the council, which achieved very little apart from lowering the esteem that the public has in these people further (if that’s possible).

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Civil Defense Blog

By   /  June 1, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Even those on the hard-right who believe in minimal government would agree that one of the key roles of the state is to protect it’s citizens in times of war and disaster. While the response to the quakes has shown that Civil Defence was largely adequate, the report into the reaction has identified gaps in the system.

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“Micro-level hard-luck stories”

By   /  May 18, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

“Micro-level hard-luck stories” might be the most mathematical of the government’s descriptions of the situation down here, but it’s not the first attempt. Much of Gerry Brownlee’s time seems to be spent coming up with new and creative ways to avoid saying that there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.

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The Christchurch rebuild

By   /  May 4, 2013  /  James Dann, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Fixing Christchurch should be part of a wider strategy to alleviate some of Auckland’s transport and housing issues. Around 600 people are moving to Auckland a week, and yet down here, we need something like 17,000 workers for the rebuild.

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