Residents in Christchurch face a rates increase of between 3.5 and 5.5 per cent next year to plug a $90 million hole in the city council’s purse left largely by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hopes for a much-vaunted lowering of the increase to zero have been dashed, with staff warning the policy would cause “unprecedented” redundancies, jeopardise projects and flout direct advice from the Government.
The authority also faces borrowing more than $100m over the next two years to pay for its coronavirus response and make up for an expected $61.8m in lost dividends from the trading companies it owns.
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This week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk about having mum or dad home more often, or learning from home. Kids can write a sentence or two to be included in print by emailing email@example.com, by Friday, July 10, at 5pm. Their first names and ages may be used in print. Parents, if you're happy for your children to be photographed please let us know.
Christchurch has not managed to get its recycling correct for a single day in the past nine weeks, leaving hundreds of tonnes needlessly being sent to landfill.
Council rubbish collectors have had to dump contaminated residential yellow bin waste every day since May 4, when recycling facility EcoCentral reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.
In that time 635 truckloads of recycling have had to be thrown away – almost half of what has been collected, or about 3175 tonnes. The problem, caused by people throwing non-recyclable waste into their yellow bins, has cost ratepayers about $635,000. Read more here.
We are organizing a fishing tour to Akaroa this Saturday.
The tour include a 2 hours trip in Akaroa bay with hectors' dolphin watching, sightseeing, fishing, crayfishing and paua catching by the sailors. And you will also enjoy a visit to the local Maori village after the fishing tour with a Maori lunch there. Dinner is also included with the fish and seafood that are captured to be served in a local Chinese restaurant back to Chiristchurch.
The boat will be a double-deck catamaran witch can contain more than 25 people.
It is only $199 per person including lunch and dinner. You are welcome to drive to Akaroa by yourself or we can also organize a pick-up and drop-off with an extra $30 per person.
The itinerary is as below:
10:40 Meet at Akaroa wharf
11:00 Sailing and fishing tour
13:00 Back to the wharf
13:30 BBQ lunch at Maori village
14:30 Visit the local Maori church
15:30 Maori seeing-off ceremony
16:30 Drive back to CHCH local Chinese restaurant for a seafood dinner
Please contact with Gene Liao for joining the tour. Phone no. is 02102511023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org