128 days ago

Sign up for The Antidote: 5 happy things to read about each day

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit much some days. So we're bringing you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there's inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there too.

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13 days ago

'Weaponising rates': Debate over plans to spur on vacant Christchurch landowner

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From reporter Steven Walton:

Is it an illegal policy, or the perfect deterrent to land-bankers?

That was the clash of perspectives in the Christchurch City Council chamber on Wednesday, as developers and residents presented to councillors about its controversial proposal to significantly hike the rates of vacant central city land.

Prominent developers, including Richard Peebles, Philip Carter, Dean Marshall, and Ernest Duval, told city councillors on Wednesday they were going after the vacant land problem the wrong way. Carter claimed the proposal was illegal.

But, a central city neighbourhood association says the plan will stop land-bankers.

What is the proposal?
- From mid-2022, the council wants to more than double the differential on the “general” component of the rates bill for central city vacant landowners.
- If a site has consented use happening on it, for example a consented temporary car park, it would not be pinged.
- Only sites in the Central City Business Zone or the Central City Mixed Use (South Frame) Zone are part of the proposed hike.
- Sites that are “improved and maintained” in line with the council’s vacant sites improvement guide could apply for a rates remission. - Whether a site is complying will be decided by the council.

Read more here.

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3 days ago

Pilates group for men short course

Roger from Sydenham

Im Looking for a minimum of 12 men whom would like to increase there flexibility, strength and agility using the Pilates Mat floor system.

Please email roughly the area you live in and what times you are available.

Pricing can be discussed via email only Pilatesroger@gmail.com. if I get 12 individuals the unit cost can be kept to a minimum.

You will have the tools at the end of the course to practice at home safety and start to look leaner and fitter for summer.

Come on guys give it ago.

Register you r interest by the Friday the 27th of May

1 day ago

Seniors Classes! Fun and Friendly!

Keith from Concrete Health and Fitness

Come and try our amazing range of fun seniors classes every week!

With our qualified and experienced trainers on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly, you will love the environment we have to offer!

There is free parking and 3 great classes to attend.

Timetable is attached

Cost is $149 for 3 months ( $4 per class )

Contact us via email to find out more.

concretehf@gmail.com