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Roger Sutton and the ownership of Christchurch

Media blog Pundit has an article by Andrew Geddis, a Professor of Law at Otago University, as to whether CERA appears to be confusing “its role in overseeing the rebuild of central Christchurch with owning it entirely”. Drawing on his own specialist knowledge, a report from Radio NZ, and political commentators, Professor Geddis looks at a recent occasion when Roger Sutton revoked a permit to protest in Cathedral Square because “it was political”. Geddis’ conclusion, based on the information he could access – the action taken to revoke the permit was illegal.  His views are summarised:For these reasons, unless and until more details emerge to show that the initial media account is incomplete or wrong, I think Roger Sutton has overstepped his powers on this issue. And in so doing, he would appear to be exemplifying exactly the concerns about autocratic and unaccountable decision making that the protestors originally wished to give voice to. Which is, you might very well think, nicely ir…

Tribute to Avonside

On Easter Sunday (31st of March) Holy Trinity Avonside will be holding a tribute to Avonside, as the area undergoes the biggest change in its history.The tribute will start at 2.00pm with a service of thanksgiving and blessing led by Bishop Victoria Matthews.  This will be followed by afternoon tea and an opportunity to view an exhibition of photographs displaying images of life in Avonside through the ages.Holy Trinity Avonside is accessed via it’s entrance at 168 Stanmore Road..

Wellbeing Survey: CanCERN questions and CERA’s answers – Part 2

In the previous post CanCERN’s questions were set out, followed by CERA’s responses. The choice of the word “responses” is deliberate, as the material supplied by CERA fell very short of being answers.Lets look at the questions and responses, and add in some Avonside Blog commentary (in blue):1. Why were the On-line survey results not part of this release? What was the reasoning behind this and can you give a clearer timeframe for when they will be released?The Wellbeing Survey garnered responses from 2381 residents selected randomly from the electoral roll in Christchurch city, the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts. Once that had been completed the survey was then extended to all members of the public in greater Christchurch. Because it was collected separately and at a later date, the data from this group is still being analysed but once this is completed we will release the findings. We will let you know when this is coming up. Seems appropriate, although I wonder if CERA say analy…

Wellbeing Survey: CanCERN questions and CERA’s answers - Part 1

In the latest CanCERN newsletter (No. 74,here) are the four questions CanCERN asked CERA about the wellbeing survey.  CERA provided answers to each question and they are, at best, uninspiring.The CanCERN questions are in bold italics with the CERA responses following.1. Why were the On-line survey results not part of this release? What was the reasoning behind this and can you give a clearer timeframe for when they will be released?The Wellbeing Survey garnered responses from 2381 residents selected randomly from the electoral roll in Christchurch city, the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts. Once that had been completed the survey was then extended to all members of the public in greater Christchurch.Because it was collected separately and at a later date, the data from this group is still being analysed but once this is completed we will release the findings. We will let you know when this is coming up.2. Will these results be analysed separately or will they inform the overall result…