39 days ago

Zero rates plan scrapped as Christchurch council struggles to contain coronavirus fallout

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

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.

Read more here.

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1 hour ago

Free seminar for parents of teens on 6 August

Grant from Halswell

Guiding teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world can be a challenge. They see so many choices and hear different views from peers and others – it can be hard for them to know what the right choice is.
 
This free seminar will assist parents and caregivers of Year 11-13 students with skills to help their teen get the information they need and evaluate their options.
 
The seminar will cover:
- Career pathways
- Supporting your teenager with career decision making
- Choosing tertiary options to suit your teen
- Communicating effectively with your teen
- Key questions to consider
- Top 10 skills/attributes sought by employers

UC Career Consultants will take you through a range of strategies on how you can support your teenager's career decisions.
 
NOTE: This seminar is NOT about study options at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) – it is designed to help you help your child consider ALL their options, whether this is work, university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, private providers or other possibilities.
 
This seminar is brought to you by UC Careers, University of Canterbury

Register here: www.eventbrite.co.nz...

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3 days ago

Councillors demand staff fast-track efforts to fix Christchurch's broken roads

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

A major project to improve Christchurch’s quake-damaged roads will be fast-tracked after city councillors were left fuming by news that repairs might not start for at least 12 months.

The Government handed $40 million to the council just before the coronavirus lockdown in March to revamp scores of the city’s worst streets and overhaul accident blackspots.

But councillors were left scratching their heads on Thursday when transport bosses told them work is unlikely to start for at least a year because more planning and consultation is needed. Continue reading here.

3 days ago

Podiatrist in Hornby

Patricia from Hornby

Looking for a podiatrist in the Hornby area please