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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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