42 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.

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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5 hours ago

Mike Yardley: How can so many New Zealanders still smoke?

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan includes significantly reducing the number of retailers able to sell tobacco, limiting the nicotine content of cigarettes, and raising the age of purchase every year, so that anyone born after 2004 could never lawfully be sold tobacco.

Columnist Mike Yardley says most lower-income earners who smoke shell out more money in tobacco excise than they do in income tax.

"They should be vigorously urged to switch to vaping as a smoking cessation alternative, given it’s not just far less hazardous to their health, but also to their back pocket," he says.

What do you think of the proposed Smokefree 2025 reforms? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

5 hours ago

South Brighton Voices Concert

Jean from Linwood

Hello Folks, I am pleased to let you know that the South Brighton Voices are holding a concert on Sunday 16th May at the Roy Stokes Hall in New Brighton, commencing at 2.00 p.m., and we have some lovely well known music in the program. I am really looking forward to taking part in this one, as we have the New Brighton Silver Band as our Guest Artists. There will also be refreshments served after the concert. Please see the Poster I have attached for more details. Jean

15 hours ago

Ryman: Your new way of living

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Your retirement should be stress-free and full of adventure. Life in a Ryman village can open the door to endless opportunities.

Moving to a village doesn’t mean giving up your treasures or your sense of style. Whether you choose independent living or a serviced apartment, you can make space your own. You’ll benefit from a supportive community, as well as organised activities, outings and fabulous amenities to keep you entertained. If your needs change, our villages offer comprehensive care options.

Experience the Ryman difference—you’ll be surprised at how fun, easy and relaxed the lifestyle is.
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