I had call to use the non emergency police contact number over the weekend. What a farce after spending the best part of 45 minutes on hold, I finally got through to someone, they couldn't help so I was then passed on to someone else and had another 20 minutes wait before being dealt with unsuccessfully. Given another number which was the wrong contact, was then phoned back by the previous officer just to be given the number for Search and Rescue in Wellington, not what I wanted. So a lot of time wasted. I was then asked to do a survey on what I thought of the service. I tried to select Option 3, which was the selection for poor service. The survey wouldn't accept this and kept asking me to try again so I did with the same result. What a sham of a service. I think the Police need to do better if they expect people to use this service.
Canterbury authorities have dropped their goal of 20 million annual bus trips by 2020 as public transport use declines in Christchurch.
The service, run by regional council Environment Canterbury (ECan), is to be overhauled in a plan that will contribute to a planned 9.8 per cent rates increase – almost double what was previously forecast.
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Water restrictions have been introduced in Christchurch to ensure there are enough supplies to fight fires.
The ban, the lowest of four levels, means water cannot be used outside between 3pm and 9pm, with use of hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems allowed only on alternate days.
People living at odd-numbered addresses should water gardens on odd dates, even-numbered houses on even dates.
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