40 days ago

Poll: Should Christchurch's buses be free to use?

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Two Environment Canterbury councillors are pushing for a two-year trial of free buses in greater Christchurch, but the move is likely to cost ratepayers and taxpayers millions of dollars.

The regional council, which is already proposing a 24.5 per cent rate increase, will vote on Thursday whether to investigate a two-year public transport free-fare trial to start from mid-next year.

ECan councillor John Sunckell​, who requested the vote along with fellow councillor Megan Hands, said ECan had not been “heroic” enough in looking at public transport options within Christchurch.

Read more here and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Should Christchurch's buses be free to use?
  • 20.6% Yes definitely
    20.6% Complete
  • 22.6% Yes but only on a trial basis first
    22.6% Complete
  • 54.8% No, it will cost ratepayers too much
    54.8% Complete
  • 2% Not sure/something else (tell us in the comments)
    2% Complete
491 votes
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1 day ago

Prospa National Winner - Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store!

Prospa

Jazz and his family are proud to be serving their customers and the local community!

Jazz loves being a Kiwi and greets every customer into his shop with a broad grin. A friendly smile, a positive can-do attitude and is passionate about running his store. That’s Jazz's simple but effective recipe for success running a local business.

Jazz and his family operate Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store and are hailed as the “ultimate friendly shopkeepers” by his customers. Now Jazz has been recognised for his dedication to the community by being named the country’s National Winner in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards. Jazz and his family are the proud winners of a prize package worth $10,000!

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Nomination Quote - Jazz and his family - Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store
"Every member of this family who serves in the shop are very friendly, helpful and always smiling. They get to know all their customers and I have never walked into a shop that makes you feel so welcome. During our first lockdown for Covid, they put food such as milk, bread, out for people who may need it free of charge."

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1 day ago

Sumner skate park finally approved after years of squabbles

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Youngsters in the Christchurch seaside suburb of Sumner will finally get their skate and scooter park after a generation of wrangling and squabbles.

This week, the local community board approved plans for the “much needed” permanent facility. Detailed design work starts soon and construction will begin later this year. The project has a $494,000 city council budget.

Read more here.

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1 day ago

Tamariki Talks - Fun Challenges

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury

It's the last day of Term 1 for tamariki and rangatahi across Aotearoa before the school holidays begin! Take a look at our Tamariki Talks page for fun challenges to entertain the kids these school holidays.

#dinglefoundation #tamarikitalks #challenges #fun #resilience #respect #kiwican #empoweringtamariki

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