62 days ago

Favourite discoveries on NZ travels

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your discoveries on your recent travels around New Zealand. Were there any small towns, activities or attractions that surprised you, for better or for worse? Did you come across any lesser-know spots you think more Kiwis should check out? Which small towns do you think deserve more visitors than they get? Please remember your comment may be included in an article unless you state that you don't want it to be. Cheers.

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8 days ago

People's Choice Penguin: Christchurch art trail needs your vote

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

They might be black and white in the wild but a waddle of colourful penguins will be coming to Christchurch this summer – and you can help choose the final line-up.

The Pop Up Penguin project will see 115 specially designed sculptures located across the city from November.

The Wild in Art trail will include penguins painted by 50 established and up and coming artists and they will be in place for nine weeks, giving locals and visitors the chance to see them all.

Among the artists taking part is Indonesian artist Zulfirman Syah who survived the March 15 mosque attacks.

Stuff is inviting you to help commission one of the sculptures by voting for your favourite from five design finalists. Voting can be done here from midday on Monday until midday on Sunday, September 27.

10 days ago

What has your experience with Christchurch City Council been like?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

In a bid to overturn a scathing approval rating, Christchurch City Council is making moves to create a new residents’ forum.

The council says it wants people to feel they are being listened to and their views are respected. It also wants more people to trust the council’s decision-making process.

In May, the council released its annual residents’ survey, showing just half of the city’s residents were satisfied with the services it provided – down from 62 per cent last year.

Some 23 per cent of respondents were dissatisfied with council's performance and 27 per cent were neutral. It is the lowest result since 2007, when the question was first asked as part of the survey.

How do you feel about the council's performance? And will a new forum help? Give us your thoughts below.

17 minutes ago

Central ward by-election candidate meeting - Sun Oct 4

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

If you live in Christchurch Central, you may be able to vote in two different elections. One on 16 October. And another one on 17 October.

Here’s an example.

Sunita Gautam is standing for the Labour Party in the Central ward. Some people are wondering whether Dr Duncan Webb is retiring.

Not everyone knows that there are two different elections: one for a community board and one for parliament.

The October 16 election is a by-election for the Central ward of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board. This is to replace Sally Buck, who resigned a few months ago and has since died.

The October 17 election is the general election. Everyone who is enrolled can vote in that one. One of the general electorates is called Christchurch Central.

It only sounds similar but the city ward and the general electorate have nothing to do with one another.

Totally different boundaries. Different responsibilities. And of course different candidates.

The timing was a coincidence. The by-election date was set when the general election had been scheduled for September 19. But the general election then got postponed by four weeks, hence they are now almost on top of one another.

There are seven candidates and they will all be at Tūranga (TSB Space / Tautoru on level 1) this Sunday October 4 at 3pm.

Members of some central city residents’ organisations are helping to organise and run the event.